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on May 7, 2001
About 30-35 years ago, there was a word used to describe people like Gene Kranz. They were gung-ho on Vietnam, wore crewcuts, were white, protestant and had wives that stayed home and did nothing but have babies. These men were also extremely intolerant of anyone who disagreed with them and saw a communist under every bed.
That word was "square" and I thought of that word many times as I wended my way through this surprisingly tedious book.
I say surprisingly, as the space program had many many interesting people and events. Kranz is a horrid story-teller, he makes it as stale as week-old bread. Apollo 13 was a wonderful movie, exciting as anything and Kranz' discussion of the flight is dull, dull, dull!!
Kranz makes a plea for more space exploration but fails to provide a reason for it beyond giving his fellow engineers and controllers a job.
Kranz brags about the long hours he spends, the endless preparation. But he also brags about how many children he has. Heck, why have children if you obviously choose not to spend time raising them.
People have asked me why I choose to review some books and not others. It is a good question. After much thought, I have realized that if a book is extremely good, I want to tell the world about it. Or in this case, when I choose a new book, I hate being disappointed. This book disappointed me badly.