Inventing the American Astronaut by Matthew H. Hersch
(Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)

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Who were the men who led America's first voyages into space? Soldiers? Daredevils? The American public sometimes imagined them that way: dutiful military men or hot-shot pilots without the capacity for doubt, fear, or worry. The astronauts often portrayed themselves in this way, too, but image seldom matched reality. Instead, the early astronauts were something else
entirely: a new kind of 'organization man,' calm, calculating, and attuned to the politics and celebrity of the Space Race. Many of the astronauts would have been just as successful in
Corporate America, and until the first rockets carried humans into space, some seemed to be heading there. Instead, they strapped themselves to missiles and blasted themselves skyward,
returning with a smile and an inspiring word for the press.

About Matthew H. Hersch

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Matthew H. Hersch is a Lecturer in Science, Technology and Society in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD. During his doctoral studies, he held a HSS-NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science and a Guggenheim Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, and most recently served as the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for the Aerospace History Project of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
Published October 9, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 234 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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An astronaut-focused history of NASA's first 30 years.

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