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Flight: My Life in Mission Control
Flight: My Life in Mission Control
by Chris Kraft
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book about a fascinating man, 13 Nov. 2006
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I have read a lot about the space program and this book is one of the better. Kraft was undoubtedly one of the key figures in bringing USA to the moon and this book describes his story very well.

Why then only 4 stars? Well i find that Kraft perhaps tend to overlook other people and having read Krantz's book i find it a bit sad. Krantz speaks very high about Chris Kraft, sometimes emotional but Kraft returns the favour by allmost not mentioning Krantz. Chris Kraft WAS the reverend leader who laid the foundation but Gene Krantz was the #2 man who build the house(mission control)


Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
by Nick Mason
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 30 Aug. 2006
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I can only reccomend this book. Being a Drummer myself and a lifelong Floyd fan i found it Brilliant. NO -it doesn't tell the whole story but it comes close and Nick Mason is extremely funny. I surprised my wife several times by laughing out loud when i read it the first time. It is sad at times when he tells the story of Syd's downward spiral into drug land and very funny when he tell stories from their early concerts (the audience was in such a chemically altered state that they found watching paint dry not only interesting but significant) but above all it is the story of one of the greatest rock bands in the last 40 or so years told by one of the two that stayed all the way (the other is Rick Wright).
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Pulse [DVD] [2006]
Pulse [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Pink Floyd
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive set, 30 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: Pulse [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is a masterpiece. I have been a fan of Pink Floyd ever since we used to go to the Library and listen to "Dark Side..." (in earphones) back in the 70's. This concert DVD shows Pink Floyd at their very best. Ok-ok i know some people think Roger Waters should be there and that the group died when he left but IMHO this DVD proves them very wrong. The group is at their peak and they project a joy of playing that is a delight to watch. The little grin Gilmour gives to Rick Wright when he sings "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way" is priceless and the concert is littered with such moments. AND Gilmour's solo closing "Comfortably Numb" ... Awesome. Buy this DVD folks.


Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers)
Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers)
by Gene Kranz
Edition: Paperback

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book, 1 Dec. 2005
I have read a lot of books about Apollo but this is the one i keep turning back to. Gene Krantz is simply a fascinating figure and his job in Mission Control the most exiting there was - Period.... Krantz writes with the passion that is burning within every good engineer and he writes in an easily readable style, yes there are a lot of tecnical "mumbo jumbo" in the book but the story is easily understood nevertheless. If you only want to read one book about Apollo it should probably be "Apollo, the Race to the moon" by Murray/Cox but when you've read that one and gotten hooked, this one would be am obvious number two.
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Apollo: The Race to the Moon
Apollo: The Race to the Moon
by Charles Murray
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull, 28 Oct. 2003
This is one of my favourite books. It tells the fascinating story about how the first man was put on the moon, NOT from the wiew of the astronauts mind you but from the wiew of the people on the ground. The "Space task force" from NACA that turned into NASA eventually.
Mainly it is the story of the Flight Controllers in Houston and it is very well written. It may sound like a cliche but there are parts where it is hard to put down the book.
It is chilling, dealing with the Apollo Fire, -funny, telling some of the anecdotes circulating amongst the flight controllers but above all fascinating dealing with the tecnical side of the race.
This is not a difficult book to read, it is written very much for the lay man but it gives a good look at the ways you handle large projects. Besides that for someone that works with product development as i do, it gives some usefull hints about good problem solving.


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