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Author Brinkley, Douglas, author.

Title American moonshot : John F. Kennedy and the great space race / Douglas Brinkley.

Publication Info. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  629.4097 BRI    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  629.4 BRI    DUE 07-14-19
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  629.4 BRI    Available
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1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xxv, 548 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages 515-526) and index.
Contents Preface: Kennedy's new ocean -- Rockets. Dr. Robert Goddard meets Buck Rogers ; Kennedy, von Braun, and the crucible of World War II ; Surviving a savage war ; Who's afraid of the V-2? -- Generation Sputnik. Spooked into the space race ; Sputnik revolution ; Missile gaps and the creation of NASA ; Mercury Seven to the rescue ; Kennedy for President -- Moonbound. Skyward with James Webb ; Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard ; ""Going to the moon": Washington, DC, May 25, 1961 ; Searching for moonlight in Tulsa and Vienna ; Moon momentum with television and Gus Grissom ; Godspeed, John Glenn ; Scott Carpenter, Telstar, and presidential space touring -- Projects Gemini and Apollo. "We choose to go to the moon": Rice University, September 12, 1962 ; Gemini Nine and Wally Schirra ; State of space exploration ; "The space effort must go on" ; Cape Kennedy -- Epilogue: The triumph of Apollo 11.
Summary On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Douglas Brinkley brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America's success, American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth's orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley's ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn, and space booster Lyndon Johnson.
Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Influence.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- History -- 20th century.
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century.
Space race -- United States.
Astronautics and state -- United States.
Manned space flight -- History -- 20th century.
Astronautics -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Moon -- Exploration -- Government policy -- United States.
ISBN 9780062655066 (hardcover)
006265506X (hardcover)

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