Magnificent Desolation (book)

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon is the second of two autobiographical books written by Buzz Aldrin, the former Apollo 11 astronaut who with Neil Armstrong made the first human Moon landing. The 2009 book concentrates mainly on the period after his return from space, and illuminates many of the difficulties he had in coping with his instant world-wide fame following the achievement.

Magnificent Desolation
AuthorBuzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham
Cover artistDavid Tran
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarmony Books
Publication date
May 2009
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages326 pp (hardcover)
ISBN978-0-307-46345-6 (hardcover edition)

In the book Aldrin writes candidly about depression, the breakup of his marriage, the isolation and loss of a sense of purpose after leaving NASA, and a decade of struggle to overcome alcoholism. The Guardian notes that "Aldrin removes his space helmet and shows us the very human face of an all-American hero."[1]

The ISBN number of Magnificent Desolation is ISBN 978-0-307-46345-6.


  1. ^ Manzoor, Sarfraz (11 July 2009). "Review: Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin, with Ken Abraham". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-26.