ISBN13:978-0471291053 ISBN10: 0471291056 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0471144397 ISBN10: 0471144398
Summary: The race to put a man on the moon provided the perfect metaphor for scientific achievement, one that challenged and captured the public imagination. Yet in addition to its science-fiction glamour, the space race served equally powerful and social objectives. Countdown provides the first overview of the period that explores the achievements and failures of all sides of the space race in their full historical context. T. A. Heppenheimer's acclaimed chronicle of rocke
ts, politics, and the pioneers who dared to reach beyond humanity's limits.
Summary: The race to put a man on the moon provided the perfect metaphor for scientific achievement, one that challenged and captured the public imagination. Yet in addition to its science-fiction glamour, the space race served equally powerful and social objectives. Countdown provides the first overview of the period that explores the achievements and failures of all sides of the space race in their full historical context. T. A. Heppenheimer's acclaimed chronicle of rockets, politics, and the pioneers who dared to reach beyond humanity's limits. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Print On Demand Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published: 03/29/1999 International: No
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Heppenheimer, T. A. :
T. A. Heppenheimer, Ph.D., has written extensively on aerospace, business, and the history of technology. A frequent contributor to Discover, Forbes, Nature, Omni, and American Heritage magazines, he is the author of six previous books, including Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation (Wiley). Dr. Heppenheimer divides his time between Fountain Valley, California, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and best written history of space flight there is."
--The Times (London)
"A lively account of the development of space activities in the U.S. and the Soviet Union . . . as good a one-volume overview of space as exists."
"Countdown is by far the best history of space flight I have ever read. It is detailed, lucidly written for the layman, and full of fascinating stories."
--Adrian Berry, Daily Telegraph.
"Science writer Heppenheimer's readable account provides a timely historical overview of the early visionaries, the engineers, and the geopolitical forces that placed men on the moon and created today's aerospace industry. . . . A thoughtful analysis that is highly recommended."
"By far the most significant and technically insightful account of the ventures into the space environment I have seen. . . . [Heppenheimer concentrates unerringly on key elements, both technical and managerial, in this account of man's initial space ventures."
--Lee Atwood, Former president and chairman, North American Aviation Corporation.
"Like a skilled artisan, Heppenheimer weaves social, political, scientific, technological, military, and economic threads of the history of space flight into a tapestry that reveals fascinating patterns and themes."
Von Holtzbrinck Publishing Service Web Site, July, 2000
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Wonder-Weapons and Prison Camps: Rocketry Under Stalin and Hitler.
Ingenious Yankees: The Rise of America's Rocket Industry.
Racing to Armageddon: The Superpowers Begin Their Missile Programs.
The Mid-1950s: Spacecraft, Planned and Imagined.
''The Russians Are Ahead of Us!'': The Space Race Begins.
A Promise of Moonglow: Space in the Wake of Sputnik.
Afternoon in May: Kennedy Commits to the Moon.
High-Water Mark: The Manned Moon Race.
Lunar Aftermath: Space Stations and the Shuttle.
Electrons in the Void: The Unmanned Space Programs.
Space in the Eighties: The Efforts Falter.
Renewal and Outlook: Commerce and Cooperation in Space.
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