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Kranz was part of the mission control team that, in January 1961, launched a chimpanzee into space and successfully retrieved him, and made Alan Shepard the first American in space in May 1961. Just two months later they launched Gus Grissom for a space orbit, John Glenn orbited Earth three times in February 1962, and in May of 1963 Gordon Cooper completed the final Project Mercury launch with 22 Earth orbits. And through them all, and the many Apollo missions that followed, Gene Kranz was one of the integral inside men--one of those who bore the responsibility for the Apollo 1 tragedy, and the leader of the "tiger team" that saved the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Moviegoers know Gene Kranz through Ed Harris's Oscar-nominated portrayal of him in Apollo 13, but Kranz provides a more detailed insider's perspective in his book Failure Is Not an Option. You see NASA through his eyes, from its primitive days when he first joined up, through the 1993 shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, his last mission control project. His memoir, however, is not high literature. Kranz has many accomplishments and honors to his credit, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but this is his first book, and he's not a polished author. There are, perhaps, more behind-the-scenes details and more paragraphs devoted to what Cape Canaveral looked like than the general public demands. If, however, you have a long-standing fascination with aeronautics, if you watched Apollo 13 and wanted more, Failure Is Not an Option will fill the bill. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you have any interest in the space program at all, you MUST read this book.
Gene Kranz provides the reader with a remarkably vivid account of what it is like to be behind the scenes of Mission Control.
This book was very well written and I was very surprised at how hard it was for me to put it down.
ordered this for my husband and thought I'd have to pull it from his hands to get him to set it aside to go to sleep.Published 13 days ago by hiker
This book is an extensive in-depth look at the history of the space program, written in a chronological format. Read morePublished 14 days ago by W. Frazier
This was a great read. A very good "behind the scenes" look at the early space program. Highly recommended!Published 26 days ago by Robert W Howell
Why not 5 stars? Sometimes too much detail on subjects where I could not hook up into events.