There is a great chapter on this incident in Edward R. Tufte’s book, “Visual Explanations. Images and Quantities. Evidence and Narrative.” This and its companion books by Tufte should be “must-read” for anyone who presents information. Basically Tufte shows a better way to present data the MIGHT have convinced the powers that be to postpone that launch till warmer weather (the cause of the failure of the booster O-ring). His presentation, in my mind, makes the decision to launch totally indefensible.
Great (terrible) example of a poor understanding of data by the levels of management making the go-flight call. The data suggested no correlation between temperature and performance (how well they sealed), but that was because they only looked at data for a range of about 60-90°F (IIRC). The day of the launch was so much colder that they completely missed the correlation that could have saved lives.