Cocoa Beach Library Hosts Author Jay Barbree
By Ellen Morton // January 27, 2015
'Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight' author
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH – New York Times bestselling author Jay Barbree will return to the Cocoa Beach Library to sign copies of his new book, “Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.7.
Copies will be available for sale at the event and a portion of the proceeds will go to the library for books sold at the program.
Space enthusiasts locally and the world over are familiar with Barbree, the only reporter to cover all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings.
Throughout the course of his 50-plus years of reporting on the space program for NBC, he broke stories such as the cause of the Challenger explosion, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the moon landing, and he became close friends with the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Over the course of their friendship, Barbree repeatedly urged Armstrong to collaborate on a book about the astronaut’s flights and experiences until finally Armstrong replied, “You’re a pilot, you’ve covered every flight, you’re one of us.
You just do it.” And so, after Armstrong’s death in 2012, Barbree decided that it was time to write.
Barbree, a longtime resident of Brevard County and a New York Times bestselling author, has written nine books and is widely celebrated as an authority in his field.
He was lead writer, with Alan Shephard, Deke Slayton, and Neil Armstrong, for the bestseller Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Apollo Moon Landings.
Larry King has called Barbree “arguably the best correspondent to ever cover the space program.”
His expertise on the space program and his skill at writing about it are unsurpassed.
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