Imagine you are standing in a room with a hundred other people, all of whom are under your command, and you have less than half an hour to decide how to save the lives of three human beings who are stuck inside a dying vehicle. Oh, and that vehicle is 200,000 miles away. Also you don't know what caused the vehicle's demise. Just imagine that.
You can't. You're not Eugene Kranz.
But thank God, Kranz was born the moment he was and wound up where he did, when it happened.
Failure Is Not An Option tells the above well-known chapter of the Apollo XIII explosion and rescue, but it's so much more than that. This book will intrigue you and thrill you with everything from minute details of spacecraft, launch, and just how 'smooth' all those Apollo triumphs actually weren't, (explained very clearly for the non-technical like myself) to behind-scene human touches that every good read should have. There's not much else I can say about it.
I hated the ending...because it was the end. And from the enjoyable and informative way Mr. Kranz tells his stories, you just know he's one of those guys you'd love to have a beer with, as long as he does all the talking.