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An original viewpoint
on 26 February 2006
Sy Liebergot's autobiography is split into three parts: his early years, his time in Mission Control and his life since he hung up the EECOM headset.
Many will buy this for the middle section and he does offer an angle on the Apollo missions which isn't easily found elsewhere. The biographies of Flight Directors Gene Kranz and Chris Kraft describe Mission Control in depth but Liebergot describes what it was like to be on the receiving end of their requests for decisions.
The near-disaster of Apollo 13 gets fourteen interesting pages and although the facts show the critical role Liebergot played in recovery, he is quick to acknowledge others' equally important contributions.
Later missions in which he was away from the console are covered very briefly, but there is good coverage of Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program, not least the latter's entertaining 'cultural exchange' visits to Moscow.
The sections of the book which deal with his personal life won't be everyone's cup of tea but they're not overly long.
The included CD-ROM has several hours of interesting audio recordings of the Mission Control loop during the critical stages of Apollo 13, some recordings made during Apollo 15, various photos and a dreadful quality video of Sy delivering a lecture to a student class.