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...the Heavens and the Earth by Walter A. McDougall
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Nov 14, 2010

it was amazing

Excellent book. I picked this up to learn more about NASA history now that i work for them, but expected it to be on things like the moon missions, etc. In fact, it was much more a book on the cold war and cold war policy. That being said, it was a fascinating look at how our R&D structures came into being and an interesting analysis of what happens when a capitalistic society tries to fight communism by installing state-run research and technology programs. "Technocracy" was the big word throughout. In all, the book was a much more thorough analysis of the cold war then most cold war books i've read because it delved right into the ambiguities and the policies that were enacted. Except for a few pages on various US and USSR missile and space budgets every now and then, it was a very engaging read, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in how our attitudes towards funding science developed, the cold war, or the early days of the space race.

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