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Author Mieczkowski, Yanek,
Title Eisenhower's Sputnik moment : the race for space and world prestige / Yanek Mieczkowski.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.

Author Mieczkowski, Yanek,
Subject Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
Artificial satellites, Russian -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sputnik satellites -- History.
Astronautics and state -- United States -- History.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-344) and index.
Contents What was the Sputnik "panic"? -- The most fateful decision of his presidency? -- Eisenhower's reaction to Sputnik -- Space and Eisenhower's principles -- Cheerleader-in-chief -- Gloom, gloom, gloom -- High in space, low on earth -- Eisenhower's rival -- Radical moves -- Order from chaos -- Defeat and a score -- Priorities versus prestige -- Satellites, Saturn, spacemen -- Voyages, images, mirages -- Space and prestige in the 1960 race -- Eisenhower versus Kennedy.
Note Description based on print version record.
Summary "In a critical Cold War moment, Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency suddenly changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite. What Ike called "a small ball" became a source of Russian pride and propaganda, and it wounded him politically, as critics charged that he responded sluggishly to the challenge of space exploration. Yet Eisenhower refused to panic after Sputnik - and he did more than just stay calm. He helped to guide the United States into the Space Age, even though Americans have given greater credit to John F. Kennedy for that achievement.
In Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment, Yanek Mieczkowski examines the early history of America's space program, reassessing Eisenhower's leadership. He details how Eisenhower approved breakthrough satellites, supported a new civilian space agency, signed a landmark science education law, and fostered improved relations with scientists. These feats made Eisenhower's post-Sputnik years not the flop that critics alleged but a time of remarkable progress, even as he endured the setbacks of recession, medical illness, and a humiliating first U.S. attempt to launch a satellite. Eisenhower's principled stands enabled him to resist intense pressure to boost federal spending, and he instead pursued his priorities - a balanced budget, prosperous economy, and sturdy national defense. Yet Sputnik also altered the world's power dynamics, sweeping Eisenhower in directions that were new, even alien, to him, and he misjudged the importance of space in the Cold War's "prestige race." By contrast, Kennedy capitalized on the issue in the 1960 election, and after taking office he urged a manned mission to the moon, leaving Eisenhower to grumble over the young president's aggressive approach."--Publisher's description.
Note In English.
ISBN 9780801451508 cloth : alk. paper
9780801467929 ebook
0801467934 (electronic bk.)
9780801467936 (electronic bk.)
0801451507 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40022059980
OCLC # 829990483
Link Druckausg.: Mieczkowski, Yanek. Eisenhower's Sputnik moment.
Additional Format Print version: Eisenhower's Sputnik moment Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013. 9780801451508 (cloth : alk. paper) (DLC) 2012029157

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