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...The Heavens and the Earth


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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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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.


Exhaustively researched, brilliantly conceived, and beautifully written. * New York Times Book Review *
A lucid and comprehensive political history of the American, European, and Russian space programs. * New Scientist *
Once every decade or so, a book comes along that stands by itself as a remarkable contribution to the literature of a field. Such a work is Walter A. McDougall's... the Heavens and the Earth. * Technology and Culture *
[A] boldly conceived, elegantly written, and unfailingly provocative history of the new age of space. * Science *
This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy. * The Astronomical Society of the Pacific *
[An] immensely readable and elegant book. * Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists *

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