Space Politics publisher Jeff Foust adds another review of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon by John M. Logsdon.
Click here for Jeff's review.
Contrary to much of the mythology that sprung up around Apollo, which is still clung to by some in the space advocacy community, Kennedy was not particularly interested in space. It was not a subject he devoted much time to during his Senate career, and devoted little attention to it during the campaign and the post-election transition period. He showed little urgency in finding a new NASA administrator until after he was inaugurated, eventually selecting James Webb. He also deferred leadership of the National Aeronautics and Space Council to his vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Later in his presidency, though, when space did become a major issue, the space council did not play a major role in the decision-making process—a lesson for those who, to this day, continue to seek the reestablishment of the council.
A reminder that Mr. Logsdon will be in Cocoa March 11 at the BCC Planetarium to discuss his book.
I'm almost done with the book and will publish a review after attending the lecture.