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The Resource Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige, Yanek Mieczkowski

Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige, Yanek Mieczkowski

Label
Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige
Title
Eisenhower's Sputnik moment
Title remainder
the race for space and world prestige
Statement of responsibility
Yanek Mieczkowski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In a critical Cold War moment, Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency suddenly changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite. What Ike called "a small ball" became a source of Russian pride and propaganda, and it wounded him politically, as critics charged that he responded sluggishly to the challenge of space exploration. Yet Eisenhower refused to panic after Sputnik - and he did more than just stay calm. He helped to guide the United States into the Space Age, even though Americans have given greater credit to John F. Kennedy for that achievement
  • In Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment, Yanek Mieczkowski examines the early history of America's space program, reassessing Eisenhower's leadership. He details how Eisenhower approved breakthrough satellites, supported a new civilian space agency, signed a landmark science education law, and fostered improved relations with scientists. These feats made Eisenhower's post-Sputnik years not the flop that critics alleged but a time of remarkable progress, even as he endured the setbacks of recession, medical illness, and a humiliating first U.S. attempt to launch a satellite. Eisenhower's principled stands enabled him to resist intense pressure to boost federal spending, and he instead pursued his priorities - a balanced budget, prosperous economy, and sturdy national defense. Yet Sputnik also altered the world's power dynamics, sweeping Eisenhower in directions that were new, even alien, to him, and he misjudged the importance of space in the Cold War's "prestige race." By contrast, Kennedy capitalized on the issue in the 1960 election, and after taking office he urged a manned mission to the moon, leaving Eisenhower to grumble over the young president's aggressive approach."--pub. desc
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mieczkowski, Yanek
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E835
LC item number
.M47 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D.
  • United States
  • Artificial satellites, Russian
  • Sputnik satellites
  • Astronautics and state
Label
Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige, Yanek Mieczkowski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-344) and index
Contents
What was the Sputnik "panic"? -- The most fateful decision of his presidency? -- Eisenhower's reaction to Sputnik -- Space and Eisenhower's principles -- Cheerleader-in-chief -- Gloom, gloom, gloom -- High in space, low on earth -- Eisenhower's rival -- Radical moves -- Order from chaos -- Defeat and a score -- Priorities versus prestige -- Satellites, Saturn, spacemen -- Voyages, images, mirages -- Space and prestige in the 1960 race -- Eisenhower versus Kennedy
Control code
801219594
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
[ix], 358 p.
Isbn
9780801451508
Lccn
2012029157
Other control number
40022059980
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)801219594
Label
Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige, Yanek Mieczkowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-344) and index
Contents
What was the Sputnik "panic"? -- The most fateful decision of his presidency? -- Eisenhower's reaction to Sputnik -- Space and Eisenhower's principles -- Cheerleader-in-chief -- Gloom, gloom, gloom -- High in space, low on earth -- Eisenhower's rival -- Radical moves -- Order from chaos -- Defeat and a score -- Priorities versus prestige -- Satellites, Saturn, spacemen -- Voyages, images, mirages -- Space and prestige in the 1960 race -- Eisenhower versus Kennedy
Control code
801219594
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
[ix], 358 p.
Isbn
9780801451508
Lccn
2012029157
Other control number
40022059980
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)801219594

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