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Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership - Roger D. Launius

Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership

By: Roger D. Launius (Editor), Howard E. McCurdy (Editor)

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In Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership, ten contributors present compelling arguments and analyses that shed new light on the power and leadership of the nation's presidency and on the space program. Setting the tone for the collection, Roger Launius and Howard McCurdy maintain that the nation's presidency had become imperial by the mid-1970s and that supporters of the space program had grown to find relief in such a presidency, which they believed could help them obtain greater political support and funding. Subsequent chapters explore the roles and political leadership, vis-a-vis government policy, of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.

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"This well-written and well-documented book provides a good overview on the development of space policies during the past decades. As a concise history of manned spaceflight it is useful for everyone interested in this intriguing web of politics, the presidency, and space policy." -- Andreas Reichstein, The Journal of American History

Introduction: The Imperial Presidency in the History of Space Explorationp. 1
The Reluctant Racer: Eisenhower and U.S. Space Policyp. 15
Kennedy and the Decision to Go to the Moonp. 51
Johnson, Project Apollo, and the Politics of Space Program Planningp. 68
The Presidency, Congress, and the Deceleration of the U.S. Space Program in the 1970sp. 92
Politics Not Science: The U.S. Space Program in the Reagan and Bush Yearsp. 133
Presidential Leadership and International Aspects of the Space Programp. 172
National Leadership and Presidential Powerp. 205
Epilogue: Beyond NASA Exceptionalismp. 221
Contributorsp. 251
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780252066320
ISBN-10: 0252066324
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41