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Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership

by Roger D. Launius

Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership Synopsis

Setting the tone for the collection, NASA chief historian Roger D. 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, and Reagan.

Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252066320
Publication date: 1st August 1997
Author: Roger D. Launius
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Political leaders & leadership,

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