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The Resource Dark side of the moon : the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest, Gerard J. DeGroot

Dark side of the moon : the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest, Gerard J. DeGroot

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Dark side of the moon : the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest
Title
Dark side of the moon
Title remainder
the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest
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Gerard J. DeGroot
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Language
eng
Review
  • When President Kennedy announced that the United States would land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, he forced NASA to assume a "faster, cheaper, better" mindset that continues to bedevil it today, says DeGroot (The Bomb: A History ). The space agency quickly came up against the budgetary pressures of the Vietnam War and expanding domestic programs, but as DeGroot writes, Lyndon Johnson insisted the U.S. would meet his predecessor's goal, even as NASA's budget was cut every year. DeGroot reveals that engineers turned a blind eye on slipshod components in order to meet impossible deadlines. NASA's public relations machine portrayed its astronauts as wholesome all-Americans even as many of them behaved like rutting frat boys when off duty. The claim has often been made that consumers benefited from the space program, but the author points out that Tang, Velcro and Teflon were invented long before Sputnik was launched. DeGroot writes with 20-20 hindsight, and his sarcasm may put off some readers, although it makes for entertaining reading. Anyone interested in a corrective view to the official hagiographies of the space program will find this acid-etched history hard to put down. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 28, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 34, p41)
  • /* Starred Review */ An expos arguing that the Apollo Program conned taxpayers and provided a lavish, risky ego trip for technocrats and politicians.DeGroot (The Bomb, 2004; History/Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland) crafts a winning formula: While peeling away layer after layer of the deceptions and spin that sold NASA's lunar program to the funding public, he indulges readers with a nostalgia binge of epic proportions. Although cautioning against finding any heroes in his reading of the case, he does isolate President Eisenhower as a voice in the wilderness, protesting, however faintly, against the massive expenditures he correctly foresaw would ultimately be required to administer a "$35 billion happy pill" to a depressed America. We were never behind, the author stresses, in the so-called "space race" when it came to developing technology with direct national-security implications; Ike knew it but couldn't say it because intelligence-gathering was top-secret. What the public saw instead was a Soviet circus with brutish booster-rockets throwing into space seemingly at will the first orbiter, then the first dog, man, woman, etc. All their failures were cloaked; all of ours screamed in headlines. The villains? DeGroot first fixes on Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi wunderkind whose rocketry, built by slave labor, had rained death on London. Ike and anyone else counseling restraint had no chance against the salesmanship of a visionary scientist with the requisite foreign accent. But it was John F. Kennedy, the author says, who insisted on a manned, space-based world-opinion coup—forget science—the gargantuan budget of which he would later come to rue. The author provides lots of philandering-astronaut stories and similar fun stuff to go along with the overview, all metaphorically topped by Enos, second chimp in space, who yanked off his diaper at his post-flight press conference and tried to fondle himself.Top-flight debunking takes all the air out of the moon race. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2006)
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1955-
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De Groot, Gerard J.
Dewey number
629.45/4
Index
index present
LC call number
TL789.8.U6
LC item number
A5318 2006
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • Space flight to the moon
  • Moon
  • United States
  • United States
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the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest
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Dark side of the moon : the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest, Gerard J. DeGroot
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0613/2006016116.html
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-292) and index
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Contents
Fly me to the moon -- Slaves to a dream -- What are we waiting for? -- Sputnik -- The red rockets glare -- Muttnik -- Rocket jocks -- Before this decade is out -- The sleep of reason produces monsters -- Lost in space -- Sacrifices on the altar of St. John -- Merry Christmas from the Moon -- Magnificent desolation -- Nothing left to do
Control code
615662
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 321 pages
Isbn
9780814719954
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(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006016116
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780814719954
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  • (Sirsi) i9780814719954
  • (OCoLC)69020987
Label
Dark side of the moon : the magnificent madness of the American lunar quest, Gerard J. DeGroot
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0613/2006016116.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-292) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Fly me to the moon -- Slaves to a dream -- What are we waiting for? -- Sputnik -- The red rockets glare -- Muttnik -- Rocket jocks -- Before this decade is out -- The sleep of reason produces monsters -- Lost in space -- Sacrifices on the altar of St. John -- Merry Christmas from the Moon -- Magnificent desolation -- Nothing left to do
Control code
615662
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 321 pages
Isbn
9780814719954
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006016116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780814719954
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780814719954
  • (OCoLC)69020987

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