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James R. Hansen

The original edition of FIRST MAN, the first and only authorized biography of Neil A. Armstrong and a New York Times bestseller was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a must for astronaut buffs and history readers alike " and by New York Times Book Review as "a fine authorized biography brimming with groundbreaking research, fresh anecdotes and fair-minded analysis." FIRST MAN was awarded the American Astronautical Society's Prize for Astronautical Literature, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Outstanding Book Award and CHOICE magazine's Outstanding Academic Book of 2006.

On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch 38-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person to step on the surface of the moon. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. From Armstrong's birth to a middle-class family in Ohio to the mind-boggling fame of the Apollo 11 triumph, and later his service on the commission investigating the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, Hansen details it all. This incredible biography gives flesh-and-blood reality to a man who is more icon than human.

James Hansen will cut the original text of FIRST MAN down significantly (new version will be 350-400 pages). We will have shortened version of FIRST MAN in September 2017. Simon & Schuster will publish shortened version in Spring 2019 to coincide with 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon in 1969. .

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German World Book Antonia Fritz
Fritz AG


8. March 2017, Movie/TV/Drama
Ryan Gosling to Play Neil Armstrong in 'First Man' Biopic.

Rolling Stone

8. March 2017, Movie/TV/Drama
THE FIRST MAN is the basis for biopic in which Ryan Gosling will play the iconic role of Neil Armstrong and Oscar-nominated director, Damien Chazelle, will direct. The screen adaptation for FIRST MAN has been written by Josh Singer, who won an Oscar for h


8. March 2017, Foreign licence
USA: Simon & Schuster (2006, Revised and updated 2012); UK: Simon & Schuster; Japan: Softbank; Bulgaria: Vakoon;Italy: Rizzoli; Poland: TBA


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