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10 Feb 2011
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While there are many biographies of John F. Kennedy and numerous accounts of the early years of US space efforts, there has to date been no comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years. This book, based on primary source material and interviews with key participants, is such an account. It tells the story of how JFK, only four months in office, decided that the US national interest required the country to enter and win the space race by reaching the moon 'before this decade is out.' It traces the evolution of his thinking and policy up until his assassination, which brought to an end his plans to moderate the space program's goals and explore collaboration with the Soviets.


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While there are many biographies of John F. Kennedy and numerous accounts of the early years of US space efforts, there has to date been no comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years. This book, based on primary source material and interviews with key participants, is such an account. It tells the story of how JFK, only four months in office, decided that the US national interest required the country to enter and win the space race by reaching the moon 'before this decade is out.' It traces the evolution of his thinking and policy up until his assassination, which brought to an end his plans to moderate the space program's goals and explore collaboration with the Soviets.


Reviews

'A comprehensive and insightful retrospect of the conception and early days of Project Apollo. Space aficionados will see immediate parallels between President Kennedy's thought processes and the space policy debates of today.' - Neil Armstrong
 
'For the inside facts about JFK's instigation of the lunar missions, Logsdon, often seen in documentaries and television news about space, is the definitive authority.' - Booklist
 
'...the background to some of the key technical decisions of Apollo makes for fascinating reading.' - Engineering & Technology


Contents

'We Should Go to the Moon'
Before the White House
Making the Transition
Getting Started
First Decisions
'There's Nothing More Important'
Space Plans Reviewed
'A Great New American Enterprise'
First Steps on the Way to the Moon
'I Am Not That Interested in Space'
Early Attempts at Space Cooperation
To the Moon Together: Pursuit of an Illusion?
Apollo under Pressure
Were Changes in the Wind?
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon


Authors

JOHN LOGSDON Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, USA, and until his retirement was the long-time director of GWU's Space Policy Institute. Author of the seminal study The Decision to Go to the Moon (1970) and the main article for 'space exploration' in the newest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, he is a sought-after commentator on space issues who has appeared on all major broadcast and cable networks, along with many international news shows. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council from 2005-2009 and remains a member of its Exploration Committee. From 2008-2009 he held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum. In 2003 he served as a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.