Exhaustively researched, brilliantly conceived, and beautifully written.(New York Times Book Review)
A lucid and comprehensive political history of the American, European, and Russian space programs.(New Scientist)
Once every decade or so, a book comes along that stands by itself as a remarkable contribution to the literature of a field. Such a work is Walter A. McDougall's ... the Heavens and the Earth.(Technology and Culture)
[A] boldly conceived, elegantly written, and unfailingly provocative history of the new age of space.(Science)
This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy.(The Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
[An] immensely readable and elegant book.(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
The definitive, surprising and highly readable history of the U.S. space program. Forget visionary rhetoric about humans' need to explore the next frontier: McDougal demonstrates how NASA's moon missions grew directly from Hitler's V-2 rocket project at Pennemunde and were all about the classic military necessity of controlling the high ground―in this case the really high ground... [One of] the five best books I have read about the U.S. space program.(Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down)
Walter A. McDougall is Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, and editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs. He is also author of France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914–1942: The Last Bid for a Balance of Power in Europe.
We still are living in this age and this timeless book still speaks to us.
Although there were notable forerunners, spaceflight historiography came of age with the 1985 publication this book by Walter McDougall.
This author does a terrific job of holding the readers attention while explaining the detailed history.
This is more than political history, however you might define that as a genre. This is more than a highly readable, deeply thoughtful presentation of the race between super powers... Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. E. Cushing
This book is still the gold standard for scholarship on space policy. Although newer works have elaborated on it and added more detail, it still stands as the reference for much of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian Weeden
Possibly the best book I've had to read while studying a Masters in International Relations. So good, that I've actually read it twice (though skimmed a few bits the second time -... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dad 2 a wee nipper
Phenomenal! McDougall covers the full breadth of the most influential factors, giving insight to the obvious, and depth to the obscure but important forces moving the space age... Read morePublished on May 21, 2007 by BG
Being a so-called 'Child of Apollo.' I read this book expecting few new insights to the space program's formulative period. Gee, was I ever wrong! Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Jack Kennedy Jr.
This book is fantastic. The book studies, in depth, the the reasons and processes that led to and the decisions that were made during that time. Read morePublished on December 24, 2006 by D. Zakar
The Cold War between the US and USSR was fought on multiple fronts. One of the most exciting was the Space Race; first to space, first man in space, first woman in space, and of... Read morePublished on March 22, 2006 by Newton Ooi
Another fine work from Walter Mcdougall. This is the most thorough treatment of the political history of the space race available, and for those who find it dry, I suggest that... Read morePublished on October 28, 1999
Nearly too thorough in its analysis of the space programs of the U.S. and Soviet Union. As it was intended as a work of history, I suppose it accomplished its goal. Read morePublished on August 11, 1999