Powering Apollo James E. Webb of NASA

ISBN-10: 0801862051
ISBN-13: 9780801862052
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

When President Kennedy issued his well-known challenge to reach the moon and return safely before the end of the 1960s, the immediate responsibility for undertaking the task fell to 54-year-old NASA director James E. Webb. Eight years later, when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down safely in the Pacific and the screens in NASA's Mission Control at Houston flashed the words "Task Accomplished," it was Webb who deserved much of the credit. In Powering Apollo, W. Henry Lambright explores Webb's leadership role in NASA's spectacular success--success that is rare in ambitious government policies and programs. A North Carolina native and Congressional staff member, Jim Webb had served in Congress, worked in the Truman administration, and risen to high office in the defense and energy industries by 1961 when Kennedy named him to head the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Examining Webb's role as both Washington insider and government program director, Lambright probes the skills and experience that equipped him to handle his enormous responsibilities. He also shows how Webb's performance reflected important changes in twentieth century public life, including the concentration of political power in Washington; expansion of the federal bureaucracy; the rise of big science; and visions of cooperation among government, industry, and higher education.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Making of a Public Executive
Directing the U.S. Budget
Managing the Department of State
The Oklahoma Years
NASA: From Appointment to Apollo
Launching a Stronger NASA
The Struggle to Maintain Momentum
The Apollo Fire
From Crisis to Recovery
Last Hurrah at NASA
The Moon and After
Legacy
Notes
An Essay on Sources
Index

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