This New Ocean
History of the First Space Age New edition
By (author) William E. Burrows
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This New Ocean by William E. Burrows
Book DescriptionThis is the first book to narrate the whole adventure story of man's attempt to reach out for the stars. From politics and technology to the highly emotional human dimension, this is a beautifully written major history of the space age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375754852
(202mm x 135mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William E. Burrows
US Kirkus Review » An encyclopedic history of space exploration by an insider and veteran reporter who has lost nothing in his enthusiasm and respect for what humankind has wrought. But he tells it like it is, which means constant rivalry that pitted the air force against the CIA for control of spy satellites and saw the Department Of Defense turn apoplectic with the anointing of a new civilian space agency, NASA, born in 1958. Stir into this brew the science-driven egos at Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech and the rocket boys at Huntsville who were led by the indomitable Wernher von Braun. Now add the critical ingredient: the Cold War and nuclear threat and the loss of face that came with Sputnik and Gagarin. To counter that threat and restore a nation's pride, Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon before the end of the '60s and explore "this new ocean" was well-nigh inevitable. It also meant that science for science's sake would take a backseat to realpolitik and the media. Burrows chronicles the events in authoritative if often over-rich detail, but he is enough of a fine reporter to lace the narrative with juicy quotes. When Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay was told of a plan to built a rocket plane to fly into orbit, he reportedly had only one question: "Where's the bomb bay?" Burrows is also not one to overlook the peccadilloes of the original Right Stuff Seven (excepting Glenn). Because of the separate tracks of the manned space program versus the planetary fly-bys and the need to cover Russian as well as American activities in these areas, there is some back-tracking and redundancy in the chronologies, and there are oft-repeated sermons on the disasters of life and science under Communism. But overall, this is likely to be the bible for those tracking a unique period in Earth history - the "first" space age as Burrows terms it. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - William E. Burrows
William E. Burrows has reported on aviation and space for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has had articles in The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The Sciences, and other publications and is a contributing editor for Air & Space/Smithsonian. He is also the author of seven previous books, including Deep Black, the award-winning classic work on spying from space. Mr. Burrows is a professor of journalism at New York University and the founder and director of its graduate Science and Environmental Reporting Program. From the Hardcover edition."
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