Of A Fire on the Moon

Of A Fire on the Moon

Paperback - 2004
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For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer--the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction--wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America's reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA's clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy; technical insights into the magnitude of their awe-inspiring feat; and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could.

Praise for Of a Fire on the Moon

"The gift of a genius . . . a twentieth-century American epic--a Moby Dick of space." -- New York

"Mailer's account of Apollo 11 stands as a stunning image of human energy and purposefulness. . . . It is an act of revelation--the only verbal deed to be worthy of the dream and the reality it celebrates." -- Saturday Review

"A wild and dazzling book." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Still the most challenging and stimulating account of [the] mission to appear in print." -- The Washington Post

Praise for Norman Mailer

"[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation." -- The New York Times

"A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent." -- The New Yorker

"Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure." -- The Washington Post

"A devastatingly alive and original creative mind." -- Life

"Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance." -- The New York Review of Books

"The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book." -- Chicago Tribune

"Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream." -- The Cincinnati Post
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004.
Edition: Random House trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780553390612
0553390619
Characteristics: 463 pages ; 21 cm

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