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For Kraft, frightening moments were part of his job as director of Mission Control. He encountered many of them in the early years of the space program, when failures were commonplace and all too often caused not by mechanics but by politics. We learn of many in Kraft's pages. One such failure was the Soviet Union's Sputnik launch, about which Kraft thunders, "We should have beaten them.... We were stopped by anonymous doctors in the civilian world who didn't know what they were talking about, by a bureaucrat in the White House who'd been stung when JFK shot down his position on manned space flight, and by our friend the German rocket scientist, who got cold feet when he should have been bold."
Plenty of other contemporaries, including John Glenn and Richard Nixon, come in for a scolding in Kraft's fiery account, which offers a rare insider's portrait of the challenging work of astronautics--work that, Kraft writes hopefully, is only beginning. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really enjoyed this book for its look at the very early days of U.S. spaceflight, when just a few dozen people got the whole enterprise going. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eric Berger
This was a nice perspective to get on the early space programs. Most of what you hear comes from the commentators and astronauts, but there is a very deep and interesting... Read morePublished 8 months ago by RetiredGuy
Was a great book. learned of several facts of the Space program I was unaware of.Published 8 months ago by Richard Harrison
Chris Kraft pens a very interesting account of his life and his work with NACA (the forerunner to NASA), NASA, his work in aeronautical research, and his rise to NASA flight... Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Scott
A true history lesson of how they made a dream come true. If you want to learn how great men and women do great things...read this.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written and good review of the early space program--- I knew some of those guys so it was even betterPublished 15 months ago by Brad Eliot
this work was clear, concise and hard hitting. kraft pulls no punches when unhappy with individual astronauts, co-workers and government bureaucrats. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ed Di Martino
Chris once told me "They can give me any job they want as long as they let me be 'Flight'". He was showing me around Mission Control at the time. I read Chris's book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ann Vanderoef