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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
To anyone who shares my interest in space or in human's great endeavors, I could not recommend it more highly.
While I really liked Gene Kranz's book on his experiences in Mission Control and felt that his was a five star book, Chris Kraft's book is orders of magnitude better.
It flows well and is a quick and easy read, filling in the details and correcting the errors many history books leave out.
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 10 days 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 3 months ago by rick bailey
Very well written and good review of the early space program--- I knew some of those guys so it was even betterPublished 3 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 3 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 6 months ago by Ann Vanderoef
This guy names famous people and tells just what his experience with them was.
He gives an inside view of an unusually competent government program. Read more
Chris Kraft was there at the beginning, putting the first Astronauts in orbit. His life story in his own words, he had more dimension than many of the astronauts gave him credit... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Duke 1968
Of all the biographies and autobiographies I've read about NASA/Apollo people, this is my favorite so far. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Glennchuck
He loves the book. Unfortunately it took 6 weeks to get to us here in Canada but that's not the fault of the shipper.Published 23 months ago by Eileen