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John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)

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On May 25, 1961, President John Kennedy declared: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth." Over his remaining time in the White House, JFK actively involved himself in space decisions and several times reviewed his decision to go to the Moon, each time ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 22nd 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published December 15th 2010)
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Relstuart
"What is prestige? Is it the shadow of power the substance of power?" JFK

The author in this book does a good job of explaining the context, times, personalities involved, and the impact of the president of the United States deciding to challenge himself and the nation to expend prodigious effort and treasure to send the first man to the moon.

Kennedy was not a space fanatic before becoming president. Here we see an analysis of the space program, the national feeling about space, where we thought
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Vheissu
My former professor at GW, John Logsdon, has spent his entire career and practically his whole life studying NASA and the U.S. space program. This book is truly his valedictory and the culmination of a remarkable career. While the book is neither intended for nor recommended to the general reading public, historians, science and technology policy wonks, and enthusiasts of manned space flight will undoubtedly find this book to be the definitive account of John F. Kennedy's decision to send humans ...more
John Carter McKnight
Political science at its finest: a meticulously researched, dispassionately analyzed account of its subject matter. Comprehensive, tightly reasoned and short. Aside from being an excellent study of Presidential decisionmaking, the book deals a deathblow to calls for national-glory initiatives, in space or otherwise, demonstrating inescapably how Apollo was a unique product of a brief moment in American history, impossible to replicate. There are no few pundits I'd like to smack upside the head w ...more
Kristy Ann
Aug 03, 2011 Kristy Ann rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristy Ann by: Science Friday
Reading about the Apollo era expansion of NASA provides much insight into today's identity crisis.
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