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The heavens and the earth : a political history of the space age

Author: Walter A McDougall
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1985.
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Genre/Form: History
Astronautics
Astronautics and state
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McDougall, Walter A., 1946-
Heavens and the earth.
New York : Basic Books, ©1985
(OCoLC)567818244
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter A McDougall
ISBN: 046502887X 9780465028870 0465028888 9780465028887
OCLC Number: 11468354
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, History, 1986.
Pulitzer Prize for History, 1986.
Description: xviii, 555 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: PART I The Genesis of Sputnik --
Chapter 1 The Human Seed and Social Soil: Rocketry and Revolution --
CHAPTER 2 Political Rains and First Fruit:The Cold War and Sputnik -Conclusion --
PART II Modern Arms and Free Men: America Before Sputnik --
CHAPTER 3 Bashful Behemoth: Technology, the State, and the Birth of Deterrence --
CHAPTER 4 While Waiting for Technocracy: The ICBM and the First American Space Program --
CHAPTER 5 The Satellite Decision --
Conclusion. PART III Vanguard and Rearguard: Eisenhower and the Setting of American Space Policy --
CHAPTER 6 "A New Era of History" and a Media Riot --
CHAPTER 7 The Birth of NASA --
CHAPTER 8 A Space Strategy for the United States --
CHAPTER 9 Sparrow in the Falcon's Nest --
CHAPTER 10 The Shape of Things to Come --
Conclusion. PART IV Parabolic Ballad: Khrushchev and the Setting of Soviet Space Policy --
CHAPTER 11 Party Line --
CHAPTER 12 The Missile Bluff --
CHAPTER 13 Hammers or Sickles in Space? --
CHAPTER 14 Space Age Communism: The Khrushchevian Synthesis --
Conclusion --
PART V Kennedy, Johnson, and the Technocratic Temptation --
CHAPTER 15 Destination Moon --
CHAPTER 16 Hooded Falcons: Space Technology and assured Destruction --
CHAPTER 17 Benign Hypocrisy: American Space Diplomacy --
CHAPTER 18 Big Operator: James Webb's Space Age America --
CHAPTER 19 Second Thoughts --
Conclusion. PART VI The Heavens and the Earth: The First Twenty-five Years --
CHAPTER 20 Voyages to Tsiolkovskia --
CHAPTER 21 The Quest for a G.O.D. --
CHAPTER 22 A Fire in the Sun.
Responsibility: Walter A. McDougall.

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