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The Resource Mercury rising : John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War, Jeff Shesol

Mercury rising : John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War, Jeff Shesol

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Mercury rising : John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War
Title
Mercury rising
Title remainder
John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Shesol
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A riveting history of the momentous Friendship 7 space flight that put America back into the space race. If the United States couldn't catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War-a moment when the Soviet Union built the wall in Berlin, tested nuclear bombs more destructive than any in history, and beat the US to every major milestone in space. The race to the heavens seemed a race for survival-and America was losing. When John Glenn blasted into orbit on February 20, 1962, his mission was greater than circling Earth; it was to calm the fears of the free world and renew America's sense of self-belief. Mercury Rising re-creates the sense of tension to a flight that riveted the world. Drawing on new sources, interviews, and Glenn's personal notes, Mercury Rising shows how the astronaut's heroics lifted the nation's hopes in what Kennedy called the "hour of maximum danger.""--
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Shesol, Jeff
Dewey number
629.45/4
Illustrations
plates
Index
index present
LC call number
TL789.8.U6
LC item number
M4766 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Project Mercury (U.S.)
  • Space flights
  • Space race
  • Friendship 7 (Spacecraft)
  • Glenn, John
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Astronautics and state
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Aeronautics & Astronautics
Target audience
adult
Label
Mercury rising : John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War, Jeff Shesol
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The nearest to heaven I will ever get -- Supersonic -- Red moonlight -- Zero G -- A seven-sided coin -- Second in space -- Suspended animation -- The problems of men on Earth -- The first man -- Go or no go -- Holocaust or humiliation -- Talking our extinction to death -- Contingencies -- The big scrub -- Godspeed, John Glenn -- A real fireball -- The big lift -- Escape velocity
Control code
on1250391344
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781324003243
Lccn
2020051050
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
16 pages unnumbered plates
System control number
(OCoLC)1250391344
Label
Mercury rising : John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the new battleground of the Cold War, Jeff Shesol
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The nearest to heaven I will ever get -- Supersonic -- Red moonlight -- Zero G -- A seven-sided coin -- Second in space -- Suspended animation -- The problems of men on Earth -- The first man -- Go or no go -- Holocaust or humiliation -- Talking our extinction to death -- Contingencies -- The big scrub -- Godspeed, John Glenn -- A real fireball -- The big lift -- Escape velocity
Control code
on1250391344
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781324003243
Lccn
2020051050
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
16 pages unnumbered plates
System control number
(OCoLC)1250391344

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