Gene Kranz, NASA flight director for Gemini and Apollo, including Apollo 11 and 13; author of Failure Is Not an Option

“Seven times in space, a first and a record matched by only one other. As flight director I sweated out the gut-wrenching final seconds on launch day many times. In the seconds before launch I said a prayer for my team, and then at the instant the rocket was freed of its earthly shackles I briefly prayed for our crew. Most astronauts of my day would fly but two or three missions, but Jerry Ross faced the fire and the risks of launch day repeatedly. This book is the story of a common man from the Midwest who became an American hero . . . a model for the youth of our nation and for those who will accept the challenge to follow in his footsteps.”

–Gene Kranz, NASA flight director for Gemini and Apollo, including Apollo 11 and 13; author of Failure Is Not an Option