Of a Fire on the Moon

By Norman Mailer
Read by MacLeod Andrews

17.51 Hours 12/06/2016 unabridged
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For many, America’s 1969 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.

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Summary

Summary

For many, America’s 1969 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wild and dazzling book.” New York Times Book Review
“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
“Still the most challenging and stimulating account of [the] mission to appear in print.” Washington Post
“The gift of a genius…a twentieth-century American epic—a Moby Dick of space.” New York magazine
“MacLeod Andrews delivers a faithful narration of the text. For no clear reason, Mailer calls himself ‘Aquarius’ for the first half of the book and refers to himself in the third person throughout. Andrews reads methodically, sounding much like the astronauts themselves.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923–2007) wrote more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest. He was one of the cofounders of the Village Voice.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English