It’s half a century since the first Moon landing and we’ve collected together all the best books (and some films) that you’ll want to read about the Apollo 11 mission, based on recommendations from experts. With these highly readable books, you’ll relive the nail-biting race between NASA and the Soviet Union to put the first human being on the moon, learn about the thousands of engineers who were instrumental in making it happen, and the three astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins—who were lucky enough to be on the Apollo 11 mission and become the first human beings to walk on the Moon (except Collins, who stayed in the command capsule circling the Moon).
Why read books about the Moon landing? Astronomer Philip Plait gave his answer when we interviewed him on the wonders of the Universe, “I’ve debunked the idea that the moon landings were fake I don’t even know how many times over the years. I became a bit jaded.” But then he read A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin: “Reading this book lit the fire under me again and made me realise that telling the true story of one of the greatest adventures mankind has ever undertaken is worth doing.”
Filmmaker and author Christopher Riley talks us through the best Apollo 11 books (and one documentary).
Here’s our selection of the best books on the Moon landings capturing all the excitement of the last age of adventure and exploration: