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on 17 April 2012
Excellent book, takes you through the American space program from the view of mission control showing the many difficulties that were overcome.
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on 13 November 2014
Arrived on time. Bought on behalf of my father who is enjoying it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2001
Gene Kranz came to my attention during an English documentary about Apollo 13. 'Failure is not an option' was a great sound byte but what struck was the man was a true leader a great general, he was strong and he had passion, he had tears in his eyes when he said 'we brought them back' If you ever wanted to model yourself on a truely great man in history then buy this book. One day I would like to meet this man and shake his hand.
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on 27 May 2015
Really good inside track on what I watched on tv as a kid.
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on 18 September 2014
really enjoyed this audio cd was very interesting
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kranz was a pivotal personality in the development of the American space programme and his long-awaited memoirs add considerably to the technical background against which the missions were flown. He lays out some of the politics -- with a small p -- of the US space programme that others have either glossed over or did not have the insight to be able to comment on. Behind the scenes management meddling and individual personality foibles are honestly described in a refreshing departure from the party line treatment that has characterised many of the works published so far.
But don't look for any great literary merit in this book -- which, depite the aid of numerous profesional helpers, only clunks along for much of the time. The persistent patriotic tub-thumping began to pall to a non-American reader fairly shortly after it started but that having been said, it is a facet of the man which obviously strongly contributed to his drive and determination to do his job with nothing short of perfection as his goal -- and without displaying it Kranz would not have been doing himself justice.
The book is well worth a place on the bookshelves of the serious student of the space programme -- not least for some of the revealing between-the-lines implications of his colleagues' strengths and weaknesses. It will be interesting to compare Kranz's book with Chris Kraft's when -- and if -- that appears.
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on 23 January 2015
Took ages to find this its a very good read
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on 9 December 2014
Bought as a present.
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on 17 July 2015
Excellent read.
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on 7 September 2014
Great story
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