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am 17. Juni 2000
No disrespect to those other fine historians of astronautical endeavour - to the great Jim Lovell, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin or Wally Schirra - but this is the best, most literate, human and compelling book written about the US space program. Don Davis's brilliant guiding hand is in evidence throughout - the story is tautened like a tighrope - but Cernan's heart is never less than present and open and the reader is treated to a full-roundedness of character unlike any previous offering. There is no science-politics, damage-control or self-effacement here. Cernan postures himself as a competitive, often tunnel-visioned workaholic, a frontier American, determined to pull the ultimate prize of a moon walk, chronically overlooking the stresses and needs of his wife Barbara and daughter Tracy, while remaining ever sensitive and loving...This book is Homeric, and lingering. Its dramatic and insightful value goes beyond such issues as the Apollo 13 crises...