In his New York Times bestseller, Chris Kraft delivers an unforgettable account of his life in Mission Control. The first NASA flight director, Kraft emerged from a boyhood in small-town America to become a visionary who played an integral role in what would become the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It's all here, from the legendary Mercury missions that first sent Americans into space, through the Gemini and Apollo missions that landed them on the moon. The great heroes of space are here, too -- Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Buzz Aldrin -- leading the space race that would change the course of U.S. history.
From NASA's infancy to its greatest triumphs...from the calculated gambles to the near disasters to the pure luck that accompanied each mission, Flight relives the spellbinding events that captured the imagination of the world. It is a stirring tribute to the U.S. space program and to the men who risked their lives to take America on a flight into the unknown -- from the man who was there for it all.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.08(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.90(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewer: W. L. Creech; Henderson, NV Brilliantly achieved. Brilliantly written. No matter how well informed you are about mankind's expedition to the moon, this intriguing account by the ultimate 'insider' at the center of the action provides facts never before revealed about what went wrong, what went right, and why. At its root it's a book about professionalism, why it is so important, and how it ultimately was achieved in the face of enormous technical complexity and bureaucratic infighting. Thus, Chris Kraft's deft retelling of this fascinating story also is informative on the importance of creating professionalsim by managers at all levels -- whatever their own challenges. Indisputably, NASA's challenge was enormous, as was Chris Kraft's role. You'll enjoy it and you'll learn lessons from it that you can put to work in your own life. General Bill Creech, Author: The Five Pillars of TQM.
I've read at least a dozen books on the early American space program. This is my favorite. Kraft's "front-seat view" in mission control brings a different perspective over the numerous books by former astronauts. "FLIGHT" chronicles Kraft's childhood in southeastern Virginia and moves up through his career in aeronautical engineering. I was particularly moved by the story of a pilot who died while testing an aircraft that Kraft's design team was working on. It's evident that this was a life-changing moment for Kraft. Kraft is very open about his impressions of personalities at NASA, and he is generous with his praise and criticism of both astronauts and administrators.
While a very entertaining biography of the early days of NASA and the Mercury missions, the author Chris Kraft seems to have animosity towards astronaut Scott Carpenter. In one whole chapter and in many other parts of this book, Chris Kraft criticizes Scott Carpenter and his space mission in aurora 7, trashes his ability as a asronaut and his career at NASA. Chris Kraft blamed all the problems that happened on Aurora 7 on Scott Carpenter. Shame on Chris Craft. SOUR GRAPES.
This is the most exciting space book there is out there. It's a real behind the scenes look at NASA from Mercury to Apollo. Told very well, easy to follow. A definate must read bio!!