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cspg
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posted 06-12-2010 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After Apollo: The Legacy of the American Moon Landings
by Roger D. Launius.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon in 1969, it was a public spectacle like no other, capturing the imagination of the world and fulfilling a centuries-old dream. That landing, and the lunar landings that followed between 1969 and 1972, represented the quintessential accomplishment of the first 50 years of the space age and seemed to confirm the American ideal of limitless progress and expansion.

In After Apollo, Roger D. Launius, Senior Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, investigates the cultural significance of the moon landings from the vantage of a post-modern, post-cold war world. Launius examines all aspects of the Apollo Project: the mythology of the astronaut in American culture, the importance of lunar science, the American public's memory of the moon landings, and more. He considers how differing cultural, generational, economic, and ethnic backgrounds affect the way we view the moon landings, and how the landings in turn influenced America's view of itself and its place in the world. The Apollo flights clearly fit into -- and bolstered -- the master narrative of American exceptionalism and triumphalism. But Launius also examines three counter narratives: the Left's objection that the enormous sums of money devoted to space exploration could have been better spent on social programs; the Right's view of Apollo as another tax-and-spend government boondoggle; and the moon-landing deniers' contention that the whole thing was faked as part of a nefarious conspiracy to attain world domination.

Drawing on the literature of memory as well as extensive research into contemporary culture, After Apollo offers an insightful and enduringly relevant appraisal of the lunar landings and their place in American history.

cspg
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posted 04-01-2011 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Publication has been pushed to August 2013 according to an email from the publisher.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-01-2011 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Geez, a three year delay! What would cause that?

Roger has a great blog here.

cspg
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posted 04-01-2011 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No idea. The customer service email I got even said that the new date was "fairly" (italicized) accurate...

cspg
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posted 03-07-2013 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Book no longer listed on the publisher's website.

minipci
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posted 03-07-2013 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can currently see it, and estimated publication date is December 2015!

cspg
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posted 03-19-2013 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've emailed the publisher. Their response: "Check back with us October 2015." And I'm not making this up!

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