Postwar America

Author: James Ciment
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317462354
Release Date: 2015-03-26
Genre: Business & Economics

From the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower, the years following World War II were filled with momentous events and rapid change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States became a major influence around the globe. On the domestic front, this period witnessed some of the most turbulent and prosperous years in American history. "Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History" provides detailed coverage of all the remarkable developments within the United States during this period, as well as their dramatic impact on the rest of the world. A-Z entries address specific persons, groups, concepts, events, geographical locations, organizations, and cultural and technological phenomena. Sidebars highlight primary source materials, items of special interest, statistical data, and other information; and Cultural Landmark entries chronologically detail the music, literature, arts, and cultural history of the era. Bibliographies covering literature from the postwar era and about the era are also included, as are illustrations and specialized indexes.

Fire and Power

Author: William D. Atwill
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820337739
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Fire and Power William D. Atwill maps the cultural contours of space-age America through readings of some of the era's most popular and influential narratives: Saul Bellow's Mr. Sammler's Planet, John Updike's Rabbit Redux, Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon, Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, and Don DeLillo's Ratner's Star. Together, Atwill demonstrates, these key texts comprise a literary history of the space age, an exploration of the novel's possibilities in uncertain times, and a disturbing critique of postwar society. The massive technological enterprise known as the Manned Space Program was, in Atwill's words, “the historical marker of our age,” and in our race to the moon, he says, Bellow, Updike, Mailer, Wolfe, Pynchon, and DeLillo found a trope for the postmodern condition. To these writers, the space program was the most visible and outward sign of a radical shift in the culture that fostered it—a shift from modernism's search for interior, individual unity amidst chaos to the postmodern perception of the individual's fragmentation and uncertain standing in the world.

Project Mercury

Author: John Hamilton
Publisher: ABDO & Daughters
ISBN: 9781532171581
Release Date: 2018-12-15

This title will explore the beginnings of the Space Race, including the development and launch by the Soviet Union of Sputnik, the world's first satellite. America's response was Project Mercury, run by the newly formed NASA. With its goal of putting astronauts into Earth orbit, Project Mercury spawned such household names as John Glen, Alan Shepard, and the other "Mercury 7" astronauts. Will also examine animals in space, and the parallel space exploration programs of the Soviet Union, including the efforts of rocket designer Sergei Korolev. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo & Daughters is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Historical Dictionary of the 1960s

Author: James Stuart Olson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 031329271X
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

This work takes an encyclopedic look at the people and events that made the 1960s a unique decade in U.S. history.

The 1960s Key Themes and Documents

Author: James S. Olson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440860423
Release Date: 2018-04-30
Genre: History

This volume serves as an invaluable study guide covering all of the key political, social, and cultural concepts of the turbulent 1960s. • Provides for ease of reference through rigorous thematic tagging of encyclopedic entries, period chronology, and primary documents • Helps readers to study a key period of American history • Features additional elements such as a sample document-based essay question and tips for answering document-based essay questions

First American Into Space

Author: Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 9781434468222
Release Date: 2008-04-01
Genre: History

Here is the spine-tingling, true story of that first American blast into the realm of the stars, of the men who underwent rigorous training for that epic mission, and of the one man who made the safe journey. This is the factual account of the history of rocketry, its triumphs and its failures, our shame in the neglect of it, and our pride in its later accomplishments. Here, too, is a glimpse into the future, as only science fiction writer Robert Silverberg could foresee: orbiting space stations, a man on the moon, and more!

The astronauts

Author: Martin Caidin
ISBN: UOM:39015003323790
Release Date: 1960
Genre: Astronauts

Project Mercury

Author: John Catchpole
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1852334061
Release Date: 2001-07-26
Genre: Science

Catchpole tells the fascinating story behind the development of the first American manned space program and its associated infrastructure. He provides accounts of the space launch vehicles, astronauts and their training, tracking systems and individual flights.

Project Mercury

Author: Eugen Reichl
ISBN: 0764350692
Release Date: 2016-03-28
Genre: Science

Project Mercury was America's entry into the manned spaceflight program. When the program began in 1958, the Soviet Union was far ahead of the US in the race for supremacy in space. With immense effort, and in record time, NASA, the newly created spaceflight organization, developed a space transport system with orbital capsule and booster rockets. They used it to send Alan Shepard on a first suborbital "jump" into space in May 1961, and in February 1962 to make John Glenn the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Nevertheless, the Americans were beaten by the Soviets in the race to put the first man into space. Project Mercury was, however, the foundation for NASA's later success in the race to the moon. All Project Mercury missions are discussed, including details on all craft and the astronauts involved. Superb color, archival images, cutaways and plans are also included.

The New Space Race China vs USA

Author: Erik Seedhouse
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441908803
Release Date: 2010-04-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The world’s most populous nation views space as an asset, not only from a technological and commercial perspective but also from a political one. The repercussions of this ideology already extend far beyond Washington. China vs. the United States explores future Chinese aspirations in space and the implications of a looming space race. Dr. Seedhouse provides background information on the fifteen-year history of the China National Space Administration and its long list of accomplishments. Sino-U.S. technological and commercial interests in space are discussed, including their interest in encouraging a potential space race. The national security objectives of the U.S. and China are also examined.

Human Spaceflight

Author: Joseph A. Angelo
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9781438108919
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents an introduction to human space exploration, discussing the evolution of space technology that has allowed the human race to go from merely orbiting the Earth to landing on the Moon and living for months in a space station.

Historic Journeys Into Space

Author: Lynn M. Homan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738503533
Release Date: 1999-12
Genre: History

The visual history of one of man's greatest challenge's, the exploration of space, is presented here through the use of photographs taken by amateurs, astronauts and on-board cameras. These images, drawn from the archives of NASA and coupled with detailed captions, provide a firsthand glimpse of the struggles and triumphs of the space program.

NASA s Scientist Astronauts

Author: Shayler David
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387493879
Release Date: 2007-09-19
Genre: Science

This book provides unique access to the story of how scientists were accepted into the American Space Programme, and reveals how, after four difficult decades, the role of the heroic test pilot astronaut has been replaced by men and women who are science orientated space explorers.

Neil Armstrong

Author: Tara Dixon-Engel
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 140274496X
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

An introduction to the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon.