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

Author: Walter A McDougall
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. ©1985
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins paperbacks editionView all editions and formats
McDougall covers the first twenty-five years of space travel, from Sputnick to the Pioneer 10, including the industry surrounding space exploration, political machinations relevant to the Cold War, and social effects from an age where "the heavens" were transformed into "outer space."

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McDougall, Walter A., 1946-
Heavens and the earth.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter A McDougall
ISBN: 0801857481 9780801857485 9781597404280 1597404284
OCLC Number: 36800636
Notes: Originally published: New York : Basic Books, ©1985.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize in History, 1986.
Description: xxiii, 555 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Genesis of Sputnik --
Ch. 1. Human Seed and Social Soil: Rocketry and Revolution --
Ch. 2. Political Rains and First Fruit: The Cold War and Sputnik --
pt. II. Modern Arms and Free Men: America Before Sputnik --
Ch. 3. Bashful Behemoth: Technology, the State, and the Birth of Deterrence --
Ch. 4. While Waiting for Technocracy: The ICBM and the First American Space Program --
Ch. 5. Satellite Decision --
pt. III. Vanguard and Rearguard: Eisenhower and the Setting of American Space Policy --
Ch. 6. "A New Era of History" and a Media Riot --
Ch. 7. Birth of NASA --
Ch. 8. Space Strategy for the United States --
Ch. 9. Sparrow in the Falcon's Nest --
Ch. 10. Shape of Things to Come --
pt. IV. Parabolic Ballad: Khrushchev and the Setting of Soviet Space Policy --
Ch. 11. Party Line --
Ch. 12. Missile Bluff --
Ch. 13. Hammers or Sickles in Space? --
Ch. 14. Space Age Communism: The Khrushchevian Synthesis --
pt. V. Kennedy, Johnson, and the Technocratic Temptation --
Ch. 15. Destination Moon --
Ch. 16. Hooded Falcons: Space Technology and Assured Destruction --
Ch. 17. Benign Hypocrisy: American Space Diplomacy --
Ch. 18. Big Operator: James Webb's Space Age America --
Ch. 19. Second Thoughts --
pt. VI. Heavens and the Earth: The First Twenty-five Years --
Ch. 20. Voyages to Tsiolkovskia --
Ch. 21. Quest for a G.O.D. --
Ch. 22. Fire in the Sun.
Responsibility: Walter A. McDougall.
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Exhaustively researched, brilliantly conceived, and beautifully written. New York Times Book Review A lucid and comprehensive political history of the American, European, and Russian space programs. Read more...

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