Written by Gene Kranz, one of the Apollo flight directors, this book covers the American space program from Mercury through the end of Apollo. It focuses on events from the perspective of the controllers, those staffing the consoles in Mission Control when Alan Shephard became the first American in space, or when Apollo 13 was in peril. It is somewhat detailed, somewhat dry, and it reflects the era it describes: in the first decade of the US space program, all the controllers and all the astronauts were male. Yet it is an extraordinary first-person account by a central figure in these historic events, an account that often had me on edge, even when I knew the outcome. I appreciated Kranz's honesty, including moments when he is critical of the astronauts, or open about his own frustrations. Throughout the book, his pride in the program and the men involved in it is clear. In the epilogue, he voices his disappointment that America didn't aggressively pursue space exploration after Apollo. Highly recommended.