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...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age / Edition 1

...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age / Edition 1

by Walter A McDougall
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This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy. Drawing on published literature, archival sources in both the United States and Europe, interviews with many of the key participants, and important declassified material, such as the National Security Council's first policy paper on space, McDougall examines U.S., European, and Soviet space programs and their politics. Opening with a short account of Nikolai Kibalchich, a late nineteenth-century Russian rocketry theoretician, McDougall argues that the Soviet Union made its way into space first because it was the world's first "technocracy"—which he defines as "the institutionalization of technological change for state purpose." He also explores the growth of a political economy of technology in both the Soviet Union and the United States.

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ISBN-13: 9780801857485
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/24/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 584
Sales rank: 296,095
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Walter A. McDougall is Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, and editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs. He is also author of France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914–1942: The Last Bid for a Balance of Power in Europe.

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Mark Bowden

The definitive, surprising and highly readable history of the U.S. space program. Forget visionary rhetoric about humans' need to explore the next frontier: McDougal demonstrates how NASA's moon missions grew directly from Hitler's V-2 rocket project at Pennemunde and were all about the classic military necessity of controlling the high ground—in this case the really high ground... [One of] the five best books I have read about the U.S. space program.

Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

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tungsten_peerts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By no means light reading, this book is a superb, careful look at a complex time. The devil is in the details.