This is the best book on Apollo that I have ever read. It is not focused on the astronauts. It is focused on the engineers, launch technicians, operations teams and flight controllers. If you want to understand how the missions were actually developed and supported then this is the book. Really excellent. A gripping and exciting read.
Some of the recent books I've read on Kindle have had formatting and spelling mistakes - seem that there was carelessness in developing the Kindle edition. This one is very clean.
This book concentrates on the personalities and methods of NASA as it strove to accomplish President Kennedy's arbitrary objective of putting a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. The book describes the origins of NASA, key personnel, the technical difficulties and how they were overcome and gives details of the more interesting missions such as Apollos 11 and 13. Having read this book my admiration for NASA's achievements in the face of almost insuperable problems increased immensely. Although the narrative is a bit dry and dull in places, the book held my attention for most of the 400+ pages and a careful reader can learn some interesting lessons on project management and quality control which are still relevant today.
An excellent book that looks behind the scenes of the Apollo project. Highly recommended, this is without doubt the most comprehensive and detailed review of the men, the machines and the politics of the programme that enabled human exploration of the moon.
This a well-known story told from the perspective of those who made it happen behind the scenes, and who media coverage largely ignored. In and amongst are some brilliant insights into how to manage large, complex programs. A great read
Really enjoyed this book with its behind the scenes/engineering slant on the program. Very different with its lack of focus on the astronauts. Great accompaniment to HBO's tv series even if that tv programme was based on a different book. Highly commended.