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    Andrew Smith(Author)

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In 1999, Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke, astronaut and moon walker, for the Sunday Times. During the course of the interview, which took place at Duke's Texan home, the telephone rang and Charlie left the room to answer it. When he returned, some twenty minutes later, he seemed visibly upset. It seemed that he'd just heard that, the previous day, one of his fellow moon walkers, the astronaut Pete Conrad, had died. The more Charlie spoke the more Andrew realised that his grief was something more than the mere fact of losing a friend. 'Now theres only nine of us,' he said. Only nine. Which meant that, one day not long from now, there would be none, and when that day came, no one on earth would have known the giddy thrill of gazing back at us from the surface of the moon. The thought shocked Andrew, and still does. Moondust is his attempt to understand why. The Apollo moon programme has been called the last optimistic act of the 20th Century. Over a strange three year period between 1969 and 1972, twelve men made the longest and most eccentric of all journeys, and all were indelibly marked by it. In Moondust Andrew sets out to interview all the remaining astronauts who walked on the moon, and to find out how their lives were changed for ever by what had happened. 'Where do you go after you've been to the moon?' In addition to this question that would prove hugely troubling to many of the returned astronauts, they also had to deal with the fantasies of faceless millions at their backs, for this was the first truly global media event. The walkers would forever be caught between the gravitational pull of the moon and the earth's collective dreaming.

**** RECOMMENDED [A] fascinating book... Smith is certainly no techo-geek and does not shy away from the more personal questions -- Craig Brown in THE MAIL ON SUNDAY**** [Negotiates] the confusion of late 20th Century world politics, 1960's counter-culture, conspiracy theories... and Nasa's own colourful history. -- METRO NEWSPAPERA fascinating book, often poignant…but funny too. -- Daily Mail, Critic’s ChoiceA moving and thorough account of America's last great act of optimism. -- GuardianA wonderful collective biography written with deftness, compassion and humour. -- ObserverExcellent... crisply dramatic. -- SUNDAY TELEGRAPHHe is a graceful, easy-going writer, and this beguiling tale is replete with joyful wonder. -- The Sunday TimesMoondust is an inspired idea, immaculately executed: witty, affectionate, completely captivating. -- Mark Ellen in WORD MAGAZINESmith deftly integrates the experiences of the lunar astronauts into the political and cultural contexts of their various missions. -- The Sunday Times

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Andrew Smith(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition, First Impression edition (4 April 2005)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography

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  • By Guest on 26 August 2017

    Much better than I thought it would be. Andrew Smith certainly has a way of drawing the reader in and the way he intermingles his own youth with the moon landings to give it all some perspective is amazing. Witty and emotional, Smith paints a picture with words. If this type of subject is your bag, it doesn't get much better than this.

  • By Graham Daw on 2 May 2017

    The book has some interesting stories from the Apollo missions. By focusing on the people and astronauts involved it provides and interesting view into the moon landings.

  • By J. GLEW on 12 February 2006

    If anyone wants to re-awaken their interest in the Apollo moon landings then this book is a must read. I found it easy to follow, written with emotion and a dash of humour. It's full of stories from the astronauts who the author meets on his travels across the US. Nothing really new is revealed, but it gives an insight about what the Apollo programme was all about and how it changed the lives of the men who took part. The only thing missing I felt was some photographs perhaps of the astronauts then and now, or even of the moon landings themselves just to remind us of the pure magic of it all.The most intriguing aspect of the book is the mystery surrounding the "first man on the moon", Neil Armstrong. I feel I can understand a little better about why he remains so distant. When my sons asked me what it was like to watch it all live on TV back then, I feel as daunted by that question as the astronauts must feel themselves when asked what it was like to "stand on the moon". Something not easy to put into words because it's a moment in time that passes so quickly and difficult to take in. This, I feel, is what most of the "moonwalkers" find the hardest question to answer. Moondust raises those un-answerable questions.A fantastic read, Mr Taylor - A fascinating, intriguing book that really makes you think!

  • By Nicola on 13 March 2017

    Not everyone's cup of tea but a good detailed book about the space race and American lunar trips of the 1960's and 70's. The 12 men (many of whom are no longer alive) are interviewed (if possible) by a young journalist. He searches them out and encourages them to talk about themselves and for some if willing, of their experiences during and since their journeys. Interesting reading for me, as I grew up during that time and remember the media coverage of these exploits - both good and bad.

  • By Amoyboy on 13 June 2017

    'In search of' is the key phrase here. By and large, the author fails in his mission, because of a general reticence among the astronauts to be forthcoming. Reading the book one learns a great deal about the author and his view of the world, which is all very well in it's place, but, it's place, I would submit, is somewhere else.

  • By Bingo the bear on 2 April 2017

    I'm not enjoying this book, the writer seems full of his own importance. I started it but then lost track, it's a shame because it's a subject I'm fascinated by and the chance to share the experiences of these amazing men seems to have been a little wasted.


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