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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

Authors: Logsdon, John

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  • Written by the leading expert on U.S. space policy history
  • Presents the definitive account of President Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policy
  • Appeals to scholars, practitioners, and readers interested in the history of space exploration, the U.S. space program, the American presidency, the Cold War, and public policy 
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When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, limits on NASA funding and the lack of direction under the Nixon and Carter administrations had left the U.S. space program at a crossroads. In contrast to his predecessors, Reagan saw outer space as humanity’s final frontier and as an opportunity for global leadership. His optimism and belief in American exceptionalism guided a decade of U.S. activities in space, including bringing the space shuttle into operation, dealing with the 1986 Challenger accident and its aftermath, committing to a permanently crewed space station, encouraging private sector space efforts, and fostering international space partnerships with both U.S. allies and with the Soviet Union. Drawing from a trove of declassified primary source materials and oral history interviews, John M. Logsdon provides the first comprehensive account of Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policies during his eight years in the White House. Even as a fiscal conservative who was hesitant to increase NASA’s budget, Reagan’s enthusiasm for the space program made him perhaps the most pro-space president in American history.

About the authors

John M. Logsdon is a world-renowned historian and analyst of space issues. He is the author of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (Palgrave, 2010) and After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (Palgrave, 2015), both of which are award-winning, definitive accounts of presidential space policy. He is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and founder of its Space Policy Institute.

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“This volume is a tutorial on the leadership and legacy of Reagan’s space interests, details that should be instructive to all those in the space community eager to fathom today’s presidential pronouncements about  America’s space agenda.this new book from Logsdon adds to the author’s legacy of space policy observations.” (Leonard David, Leonard David's Inside Outer Space, leonarddavid.com, May 29, 2019)
“Once again, John Logsdon puts us ‘in the room where it happens’ as the decisions are made that will lead to today’s International Space Station and burgeoning commercial space sector. No one is better at transforming meticulous research and complex history into an engaging and highly-readable tale. A must-read for anyone interested in space history or presidential decision-making.” (Kathy Sullivan, NASA astronaut, retired, and Ambassador-at-Large, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
“Without question, Professor Logsdon is the preeminent historian of the U.S. space program.  This book is unique in providing a thorough and insightful analysis of the decision-making process used to resolve the major space-related issues during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, a period of time that witnessed more space policy than any other in our history.  It represents a critical foundation that will benefit students, public servants, and industry executives for many years to come and is a must-read for any space enthusiast.” (Gilbert Rye, former director of space programs, National Security Council)
“Ronald Reagan had greater influence over NASA’s space activities than any president not named John F. Kennedy. During his presidency the space shuttle began flying, the space station gained approval, and space commercialization entered a new era. John Logsdon has told this story with verve and style. His depth of knowledge is unparalleled, his breadth of analysis is incomparable, and his presentation is unrivaled in this superb account.” (Roger D. Launius, former NASA chief historian and author of The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration)

 

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • A Cowboy Comes to Washington

    Pages 1-11

    Logsdon, John M.

  • Getting Started

    Pages 13-23

    Logsdon, John M.

  • First Decisions

    Pages 25-41

    Logsdon, John M.

  • An Initial Reagan Space Policy

    Pages 43-55

    Logsdon, John M.

  • SIG (Space) Gets Started

    Pages 57-70

    Logsdon, John M.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98962-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $35.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98961-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98962-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98962-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98961-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 419
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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