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I've read many books on the manned space program, and this is one of them. Not the best, not bad either. Bringing the perspective of the grounds controllers helps fill in a much needed perspective. It makes the events of those days relatable from a perspective we might have more in common with.
The book does tend to wander a bit. It starts with a description of all the positions, possibly before you are ready to consume it all. On paper, you could quickly refer back to that section, but that doesn't work well in and audio book format. As the book moves to tell the story of all the missions, the transitions between mission phases, people's back story, and even different missions are abrupt at times.
That being said, I enjoyed it, and I learned a lot from it.
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This story covers a period of 27 years in the life of Mission Control. The astronauts are included in this story, but the stars are the mission controllers and a story that describes how a minimally trained group was able to ultimately handle every issue thrown at this group of folks and how the took the USA to the moon. The majority of the story covers the Apollo program, but learning about the people that worked there drew me in. Enjoyable and not overly technical.