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

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

Author: Walter A McDougall
Publisher: London : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

He explores the growth of a political economy of technology in both the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter A McDougall
ISBN: 0801857481 9780801857485
OCLC Number: 492244726
Awards: Winner of Pulitzer Prize for History 1998 (United States)
Description: xxi-555 pages : illustrations, couv. illustrations en coul. ; 24 cm
Contents: IllustrationsAbbreviations used in TextPreface to the Johns Hopkins EditionPrefaceIntroductionPart I. The Genesis of Sputnik1. The HUman Seed and Social Soil: Rocketry and Revolution2. Political Rains and First Fruit: The Cold War and SputnikConclusionPart II. Modern Arms and Free Men: America Before Sputnik3. Bashful Behemoth: Technology, the State, and the Birth of Deterrence4. While Waiting for Technology: The ICBM and the First American Space Program5. The Satellite DecisionConclusionPart III. Vanguard and Rearguard: Eisenhower and the Setting of American Space Policy6. "A New Era of History" and a Media Riot7. The Birth of NASA8. A Space Strategy for the United States9. Sparrow in the Falcon's Nest10. The Shape of Things to ComeConclusionPart IV: Parabolic Ballad: Khrushchev and the Setting of Soviet Space Policy11. Party Line12. The Missle Bluff13. Hammers or Sickles in Space?14. Space Age Communism: The Khrushchevian SynthesisConclusionPart V: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Technocratic Temptation15. Destination Moon16. Hooded Falcons: Space Technology and Assured Destruction17. Benign Hypocrisy: American Space Diplomacy18. Big Operator: James Webb's Space Age America19. Second ThoughtsConclusionPart VI. The Heavens and the Earth: The First Twenty-five Years20. Voyages to Tsiolkovskia21. The Quest for a G.O.D.22. A Fire in the SunAppendixAbbreviations used in NotesNotesIndex
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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