First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
Cover of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
Author James R. Hansen
Country United States
Language English
Subject biography
space flight
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Pages 768 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-7432-5631-X
OCLC 60743246
629.45/0092 B 22
LC Class TL789.85.A75 H36 2005

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong is the official biography of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. It was written by James R. Hansen and published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster.


James Hansen is a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama.[1] The writing process began in October 1999 when Hansen had first written to Armstrong asking if he could write the book. At first Armstrong told him that he was too busy and had already turned down several previous offers from authors such as Stephen Ambrose and James A. Michener. Hansen persisted, sending what he described as a "goody box" of his books, including a biography called From the Ground Up about aircraft designer Fred Weick. Armstrong was impressed with the style of the book and in June 2002, Armstrong and Hansen signed a formal agreement. Two months later, Armstrong signed a letter for Hansen that said Hansen had his full support and encouraged others to provide what he needed to write a book.


An outstanding success...Immaculately researched and packed with detail, but written in a way that will appeal to readers of all kindsSir Patrick Moore

Film rights[edit]

In 2003, Clint Eastwood and Warner Brothers bought the film rights to First Man.[2] No production date was announced and the film has still not been made.

Universal Pictures plan to make a film of the book, provisionally called First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.[3]


  1. ^ James R. Hansen Auburn University. 2008-11-11.
  2. ^ "Clint Eastwood to Produce and Direct Film Based on Life of Neil Armstrong". March 12, 2003. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong Retrieved: 2011-04-15.