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Selling Outer Space: Kennedy, the Media, and Funding for Project Apollo, 1961-1963
by James Kauffman
University of Alabama Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-8173-0747-9 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5590-6
Library of Congress Classification TL789.8.U6A5428 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 387.80973

Examines how the Kennedy administration and the media constructed the space program in ways designed to win congressional and public approval

Examines the Kennedy administration’s rhetorical campaign to persuade Congress and the public to adopt a manned flight to the moon. In so doing, the study addresses three key themes.

First, it illuminates the contrasting nature of technical and narrative arguments and explores how those arguments play different roles in public discussion of social policy. Second, the book examines how both the executive branch and the news media function to help set the agenda in American politics. Offering a case study of the increasingly complex relationship between the government and the media.

Finally, Selling Outer Space explores the power of technology to shape and direct human action.

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