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Powering Apollo : James E. Webb of NASA - W. Henry Lambright

Powering Apollo

James E. Webb of NASA

Paperback Published: 20th January 2000
ISBN: 9780801862052
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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When President Kennedy issued his well-known challenge to reach the moon and return safely before the end of the 1960s, the immediate responsibility for undertaking the task fell to 54-year-old NASA director James E. Webb. Eight years later, when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down safely in the Pacific and the screens in NASA's Mission Control at Houston flashed the words "Task Accomplished," it was Webb who deserved much of the credit. In Powering Apollo, W. Henry Lambright explores Webb's leadership role in NASA's spectacular success -- success that is rare in ambitious government policies and programs.

A North Carolina native and Congressional staff member, Jim Webb had served in Congress, worked in the Truman administration, and risen to high office in the defense and energy industries by 1961 when Kennedy named him to head the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Examining Webb's role as both Washington insider and government program director, Lambright probes the skills and experience that equipped him to handle his enormous responsibilities. He also shows how Webb's performance reflected important changes in twentieth century public life, including the concentration of political power in Washington; expansion of the federal bureaucracy; the rise of big science; and visions of cooperation among government, industry, and higher education.

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The reputation of James Webb is hostage to Apollo. He, more than any other single individual, made Apollo happen... This fine biography will keep his memory warm. * Science *

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Making of a Public Executivep. 11
Directing the U.S. Budgetp. 30
Managing the Department of Statep. 47
The Oklahoma Yearsp. 69
NASA: From Appointment to Apollop. 82
Launching a Stronger NASAp. 102
The Struggle to Maintain Momentump. 132
The Apollo Firep. 142
From Crisis to Recoveryp. 165
Last Hurrah at NASAp. 189
The Moon and Afterp. 206
Legacyp. 214
Notesp. 219
An Essay on Sourcesp. 255
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780801862052
ISBN-10: 0801862051
Series: New Series in NASA History (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 20th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.44  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44