“Logsdon charts the evolution of JFK’s thinking about space—including repeated offers as president to cooperate with the Soviets—from his senatorial career up until the assassination. He chronicles the intergovernmental struggle for consensus and highlights the policymaking contributions of presidential aide Ted Sorensen, science advisor Jerome Wiesner, Vice President Lyndon Johnson and NASA administrator James Webb.”—Kirkus
“A comprehensive and insightful retrospect of the conception and early days of Project Apollo. Space aficionados will see immediate parallels between President Kennedy’s thought processes and the space policy debates of today.”—Neil Armstrong, Commander, Apollo 11
“In contrast to the hesitations, reconsiderations, and cancellations that have plagued recent U.S. activities in space, President John F. Kennedy’s shining May 25, 1961, challenge to send humans to the Moon remains a beacon of national resolve. John M. Logsdon’s review of the whole history of President Kennedy’s civil space policy, especially events after the May 25 speech, reveals the special circumstances that kept the lunar goal on track. Hesitation arose, but Kennedy’s pragmatism ultimately prevailed. Logsdon explains why. With this insightful analysis, Logsdon demonstrates again why he remains the dean of space policy historians.”—Howard E. McCurdy, Professor of Public Policy, American University and University of Washington, and author of Space and the American Imagination
“John Logsdon’s book is a high quality scholarly work, deeply researched, but also an easy read. It is an insightful history of JFK’s decision to use the space program and especially the Apollo lunar landing project as a rational Cold War response to the perceived ‘missile gap’ and the Soviet space challenges of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin’s flight.”—Bill Anders, Astronaut, Apollo 8, and Executive Secretary, National Aeronautics and Space Council, 1969-1972
“One of the definitive political histories of the quest to put a man on the Moon.”—Matthew Brzezinski, author of Red Moon Rising
“John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon provides a comprehensive, insider’s account of one of the most important and far-reaching policy decisions of the Kennedy administration. It is a masterful case study of presidential decision making.”— Professor Steven J. Wayne, Presidential Scholar, Georgetown University
“An extraordinary book on the genesis of Project Apollo . . . Indeed, the first clear and definitive account of the pivotal role played by John F. Kennedy in shaping the American space program. How President Kennedy reached his fateful decision to enter the space race to reach the Moon is now told fully in an insightful and authoritative way.”—Von Hardesty, Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
I suggest that those who gave him high marks (5 stars) do a little homework and rethink this.
As a long time space buff I eagerly opened John M. Logsdon's new book, John F. Kennedy and the Race To The Moon.
This is a densely detailed book - as much about the people as about the foundation of the Apollo program.
John Logsdon has produced a well-written and meticulously documented book about President Kennedy and the United States' lunar program. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Pohnan
While the material is sometimes overly drawn out, repetitive, and even inane, there are enough inspirational and inciteful passages to certainly call the book a success. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stewart Teaze - Global Warming Debunker; Kiddies: Don't believe your teacher's/professor's job-killing union-stooge thieving commie agenda
John continues to push the standard for scholarly work in the field of space policy. In this book he revisits his earlier work of nearly 40 years earlier to see if its conclusions... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Weeden
Very detailed work covering one of the milestone political decisions in the history of Washington as well as the early history of spaceflight.Published 18 months ago by Roger D. Davis
I've been remiss in not adding my voice in favor of reading this great book. I'm not a veteran of NASA, the military or Washington politics, so I won't opine on my own version of... Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Daniel T. Geraci
I picked up this book (indeed, encouraged our local library to purchase it), because I was anticipating a thoughtful, incisive journey through Kennedy and his administration's... Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Rowriver
I had high expectations for this book based on the other reviews but they were dashed as early as page 4 when the author could not even quote Armstrong's all-too-famous moon quote... Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Col William Russell
As a long time space buff I eagerly opened John M. Logsdon's new book, John F. Kennedy and the Race To The Moon. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by F. Belasco