Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership / Edition 1

Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership / Edition 1

by Roger D. Launius
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252066324

ISBN-13: 9780252066320

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252066320
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Imperial Presidency in the History of Space Exploration1
1The Reluctant Racer: Eisenhower and U.S. Space Policy15
2Kennedy and the Decision to Go to the Moon51
3Johnson, Project Apollo, and the Politics of Space Program Planning68
4The Presidency, Congress, and the Deceleration of the U.S. Space Program in the 1970s92
5Politics Not Science: The U.S. Space Program in the Reagan and Bush Years133
6Presidential Leadership and International Aspects of the Space Program172
7National Leadership and Presidential Power205
Epilogue: Beyond NASA Exceptionalism221
Contributors251
Index255

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