Neil Armstrong 1930-2012 -- By the Editors of LIFE

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Commemorative Book Captures the Life of an American Icon (From His Boyhood Years to the Day He Changed the World Forever)

In 1969, the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong took “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” More than 40 years later, at a time when the world is again marveling at the wonders of space as the space rover beams remarkable images back from Mars, we stop to commemorate the man whose name is forever linked to space exploration and one of the greatest accomplishments in human history. A new commemorative book, Neil Armstrong 1930-2012 (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; hardcover; 2012; $17.95), celebrates the life of a very private man who suddenly belonged to the world—and to history—when he bravely set foot on the moon.

The book is filled with dozens of images captured by LIFE photographers; these range from photographs of Armstrong’s childhood years growing up in Ohio when he first discovered his love of flight, to the historic space race of the 50’s and 60’s, to the tick-tock coverage of Apollo 11. He was, according to Neil Armstrong 1930-2012, shy, dutiful, likable, and preternaturally calm under pressure (perhaps the most important characteristic of an astronaut).

His first step on the moon instantly granted Armstrong the lifelong label of American hero and icon, but as thrillingly documented in the pages of this commemorative LIFE tribute, his entire life was always about pushing the limits in service for his country, from his time in the Korean War to his days as a test pilot, to his moon walk and beyond.

About LIFE
The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, journalism and storytelling about our country and our world, which began with the founding of LIFE magazine in 1936 by editor and publisher Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers One Nation, LIFE Picture Puzzle and The American Journey of Barack Obama. The LIFE channel on features LIFE’s legendary photo archives. The acclaimed LIFE for iPad app reached #1 in 33 countries shortly after its November 2010 launch.

By the Editors of Life
Time Home Entertainment, Inc.
Publication date: October 16, 2012
$17.95; Hardcover; ISBN 978-1-61893-073-6

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