No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon

No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon

by Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham

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Overview

Beloved American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin reflects on the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he's gathered—both in outer space and on earth—through his event-filled life, in this inspiring guide-to-life for the next generation.
 
Everywhere he goes, crowds gather to meet Buzz Aldrin. He is a world-class hero, a larger-than-life figurehead, best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon. Now he pauses to reflect and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time: still a non-stop traveler and impassioned advocate for space exploration, Aldrin will be 86 in 2016.
 
No Dream Is Too High whittles down Buzz Aldrin's event-filled life into a short list of principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as:
·      Second comes right after first. NASA protocol should have meant he was first on the moon, but rules changed just before the mission. How he learned to be proud of being the second man on the moon.
·      Look for opportunities, not obstacles. Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better.
·      Always maintain your spirit of adventure. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life.
 
No Dream Is Too High is a beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426216503
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 38,920
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

KEN ABRAHAM is a New York Times best-selling author, known around the world for his collaborations with popular celebrities and fascinating, high-profile public figures such as former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Senator Bob Dole, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and champion boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman. At present, Ken has more than ten million books in print.

BUZZ ALDRIN, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969, holds a doctorate degree in astronautics and, at the age of 84, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written four nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels, and two children's books.

Table of Contents

Countdown 6

Conquering the South Pole 7

Chapter 1 The sky is not the limit … There are footprints on the Moon! 13

Chapter 2 Keep your mind open to possibilities 27

Chapter 3 Show me your friends, and I will show you your future 37

Chapter 4 Second comes right after first 59

Chapter 5 Write your own epitaph 69

Chapter 6 Maintain your spirit of adventure 91

Chapter 7 Failure is always an option 101

Chapter 8 Practice respect for all people 125

Chapter 9 Do what you believe is right even when others choose otherwise 133

Chapter 10 Trust your gut … and your instruments 145

Chapter 11 Laugh … a lot! 167

Chapter 12 Keep a young mind-set at every age 177

Chapter 13 Help others go beyond where you have gone 203

Acknowledgments 222

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No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
The biggest weakness of Buzz Aldrin’s “No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon” is also its biggest strength – it follows the pattern of combination inspirational / memoir books in the pattern of “Throw out a short positive message and back it up with anecdotes from the author’s life”. Normally, I would be extra-critical of such a formulaic book. However, there are two important considerations that lean me against doing such a thing. First, as “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman pointed out in his critique of Mr. Aldrin’s performances on that show, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with an American hero who many of us have looked up to for decades. And secondly, this hero also happens to project warmth, sincerity, and humor in what has truly been an interesting life – one that did NOT come to a standstill after those momentous days in 1969. The inspirational driving points of this book, for example “Look for opportunities, not obstacles”, are worthwhile points to consider – but they’re not anything you can’t find quickly via a Google web search or even come to realize on your own. However, they DO provide convenient chapter headers to help categorize the many events in Mr. Aldrin’s life. AND let’s face it – it’s one thing to realize that you can’t give up if you want to succeed, BUT it is another to see someone who personifies success to describe his own obstacles AND his own ways of getting around them to achieve great things. This book proved to be a quick read, and a worthwhile read, and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to review it. RATING: 5 stars. No significant flaws, and it will stay with me long after I move onto other books. DISCLOSURE: I received this book in a random draw, a request was made for an honest review (with the implication of “prompt”), but no conditions were placed or provided for acceptance.