A thoroughly readable account of the Apollo project (with flashbacks to Gemini and Mercury, as well). I was concerned that I might lose interest after the story of Apollo 11 (like most of the world did at the time of the actual missions), but Chaikin's deft storytelling kept me hooked. The details of the lesser-known later missions, including training anecdotes, personality conflicts, and in-flight drama, make for a real page-turner.
Chaikin has produced a truly authentic history, with more inside stories, more details,recollections, and feelings of all the men who traveled to the moon than any other account of the Apollo program.
What a wonderful view of the Apollo history told through the eyes of the Astronauts. This book was republished with a heartwarming forward by Tom Hanks, the producer of the HBO TV series that come from the book.