James R. Hansen's biography is the basis for the movie (although we need to remember that, like with Hidden Figures, some dramatic scenes in the film were created for "big movie moments" and didn't actually happen). I haven't read First Man, but it was well-received when it was published in 2005.
Now that I have a commute long enough to really get into audiobooks, I am excited about discovering new books in nonprint format. Rocket Men has been on my list for several months; not only does it go into the logistics of the space program, but it also delves into the politics surrounding the program.
I can't discuss astronaut-related books without including Tom Wolfe's classic, The Right Stuff. Rather than merely chronicling the mechanications of space flight, Wolfe explored the inner thoughts of Project Mercury (John Glenn's era). Although the movie is also a classic, note that it has several historical inaccuracies and liberties (with which Wolfe was quite unhappy).
Apollo is another of our new Apollo 11 books, but with a unique twist, as it presents the incredible events in a graphic novel format.
The scrutiny and pressure felt by the wives of the Mercury and Apollo astronauts was unreal; the intensity of the need to be perfect All-American smiling and supportive wives was constant and unnerving. Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club is an engrossing and empathetic account; a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading books about women's history and space history.
Young readers (or older readers who want outstanding nonfiction accessible to a large audience) will want to read Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon is one of the most fascinating and delighful books I've read about the Apollo 11 mission. Not only does it features mission control and the NASA specialists, but it includes the seamstresses who sewed the spacesuits, the suit testers, the engineers, the camera designers, and many more.
Jennifer Schultz, Collection Services Development Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library