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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

Authors: Logsdon, John

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  • Written by the leading expert on U.S. space policy history
  • Presents the definitive account of President Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policy
  • Appeals to scholars, practitioners, and readers interested in the history of space exploration, the U.S. space program, the American presidency, the Cold War, and public policy 
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When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, limits on NASA funding and the lack of direction under the Nixon and Carter administrations had left the U.S. space program at a crossroads. In contrast to his predecessors, Reagan saw outer space as humanity’s final frontier and as an opportunity for global leadership. His optimism and belief in American exceptionalism guided a decade of U.S. activities in space, including bringing the space shuttle into operation, dealing with the 1986 Challenger accident and its aftermath, committing to a permanently crewed space station, encouraging private sector space efforts, and fostering international space partnerships with both U.S. allies and with the Soviet Union. Drawing from a trove of declassified primary source materials and oral history interviews, John M. Logsdon provides the first comprehensive account of Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policies during his eight years in the White House. Even as a fiscal conservative who was hesitant to increase NASA’s budget, Reagan’s enthusiasm for the space program made him perhaps the most pro-space president in American history.

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John M. Logsdon is a world-renowned historian and analyst of space issues. He is the author of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (Palgrave, 2010) and After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (Palgrave, 2015), both of which are award-winning, definitive accounts of presidential space policy. He is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and founder of its Space Policy Institute.

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Hardcover $35.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98962-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98962-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98961-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 419
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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