Thursday, February 10, 2011

Coming Book Review: "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon"

I just ordered John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon by John M. Logsdon. The book was released in December.

Logsdon is the former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University, and was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

I'll write a review when done, so if you want to read along order now.

Here are a few reviews I've found on the Internet:

Coalition for Space Exploration

Washington Monthly

The Charles Homans review in Washington Monthly reaches the same conclusion about Kennedy's motives I've written about in past blogs. To quote Homans:

... Kennedy’s drive to get to the moon existed in a sharply limited context. He was not trying to win the space race to demonstrate ineffable qualities of the American spirit; he was trying to win it to keep the Soviets from winning.

Homans cites the same quote I've cited from Kennedy's November 21, 1962 meeting NASA Administrator James Webb, where Kennedy said, "I'm not that interested in space." Homans wrote that "Webb had been summoned for a dressing-down" after "discord within NASA over the lunar mission" had appeared in an issue of Time magazine.

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