Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, And The New Battleground Of The Cold War
by Jeff Shesol
- American History, General Interest
A stellar return to space
If the US couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War. On February 20, 1962, when John Glenn blasted into orbit aboard Friendship 7, his mission was not only to circle the planet; it was to calm the fears of the free world and renew America’s sense of self-belief.
Mercury Rising re-creates excitement of a flight that shifted the momentum of the space race and put the US on the path to the moon. Drawing on archival sources, personal interviews, and previously unpublished notes by Glenn himself, Mercury Rising reveals how the astronaut’s heroics lifted the nation’s hopes in what Kennedy called the "hour of maximum danger."
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|Release Date:||June 1, 2021|