I recommend A man on the Moon, if that book doesn't
make you pine for the days when men were men ,nothing will.
This review is from: A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (Paperback)
I read this when it first came out in paperback some years ago and I have to say that it is probably the most compelling work of non-fiction I have ever come across. The tone of the book is simply inspirational. Chapter by chapter Chaikin gets to the core of what the Apollo missions meant for all involved. In particular, the chapter dealing with the second mission, Apollo 12, will stay with me for the rest of my life - and I'm not being melodramatic! The sense of achievement for the astronauts, coupled with the sobering realisation that their careers - and perhaps their lives - have peaked, is probably the emotional high-point of the book and is poignantly dealt with by the author.
I will never walk on the moon, and neither will you. The closest we will ever get is Chaikin's book. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
That about sums it up.