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Dienesch discusses the views of Truman and Eisenhower on the Cold War. The United States was in the process of developing a space satellite when the USSR sent up Sputnik on October 4, 1957. Thirty-four months later the U.S. launched its own satellite.
The author goes into depth about the various military services duplicating research, and the Army demanding to be in charge of the rockets, missiles and satellites claiming there were an extension of its artillery. Eisenhower assigned the Air Force to head the program, and assigned the CIA as a partner for developing the spy satellites.
Dienesch reviews the WS-1176 program, the Corona Satellite and the civilian Vanguard program. The author also goes into great detail about the RAND Corporation’s role in the development of satellites from 1945 to 1954. He also covers the development of the U2 program with Lockheed. Eisenhower started DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to avoid the waste of resources from duplication of research.
The book is well written and researched. The author provides a brief review of the cold war development of the satellite programs including the scientific, political and economic viewpoints. Dienesch is a Canadian historian.
The book is about seven hours long. The narration of Jim Woods was at a rapid pace. Woods is an actor and audiobook narrator.
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