John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon by John M. Logsdon
On May 25, 1961, President John Kennedy declared: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” Over his remaining time in the White House, JFK actively involved himself in space decisions and several times reviewed his decision to go to the Moon, each time concluding that the benefits of being the leader in space outweighed the massive costs of the lunar landing enterprise. Logsdon traces the evolution of JFK's thinking and policy up until his assassination, which brought to an end his reexamination of the program's goal and schedule and his hope to collaborate, rather than compete, with the Soviet Union in going to the Moon. This study, based on extensive research in primary documents and archival interviews with key members of the Kennedy administration, is the definitive examination of John Kennedy’s role in sending Americans to the Moon. Hardcover, 308 pages.
- Extensively researched, in primary documents and archival interviews with key members of the Kennedy administration.
- Comprehensive, insider's account of Kennedy's decisions regarding the nation's space effort.
- Hardcover, 308 pages.