Gene Kranz is one of the heroes of the American space race, known for showing extraordinary leadership of Mission Control through some of the most critical events of America's journey to put a man on the moon. His autobiography details his growth into his position, in parallel with the growth of America's space program. Its a fascinating account of one of the men who was quite literally writing the playbook for an incredible complex and dangerous exercise which had never before been attempted.
Kranz speaks candidly about the challenges, successes and failures he and his team encountered as they grew the mission control center. His writing style is that of a military man and an engineer - his wording is often crisp, succinct, precise while lacking emotion. He also presumes some familiarity with the history of the space program, as he tends to dive into detailed accounts of each mission, without offering much in the way of background.
For anyone interested in the space race, or especially anyone studying how one demonstrates exemplary leadership while facing never-before-seen challenges, Kranz's book is a must-read.