Of a Fire on the Moon

Of a Fire on the Moon

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For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailera€”the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfictiona€”wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of Americaa€™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 NASAa€™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 a€œThe gift of a genius . . . a twentieth-century American epica€”a Moby Dick of space.a€a€”New York a€œMailera€™s account of Apollo 11 stands as a stunning image of human energy and purposefulness. . . . It is an act of revelationa€”the only verbal deed to be worthy of the dream and the reality it celebrates.a€a€”Saturday Review a€œA wild and dazzling book.a€a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œStill the most challenging and stimulating account of [the] mission to appear in print.a€a€”The Washington Post Praise for Norman Mailer a€œ[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.a€a€”The New York Times a€œA writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.a€a€”The New Yorker a€œMailer is indispensable, an American treasure.a€a€”The Washington Post a€œA devastatingly alive and original creative mind.a€a€”Life a€œMailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.a€a€”The New York Review of Books a€œThe 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.a€a€”Chicago Tribune a€œMailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.a€a€”The Cincinnati PostHis language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.a€a€”The Cincinnati Post

Title:Of a Fire on the Moon
Author:Norman Mailer
Publisher:Random House - 2014-06-03


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