The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

“The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” is an unprecedented photo history book that pulls together more than 520 images for the first time, many previously unpublished, to visually document JFK’s interactions with the American space program. The authors drew from NASA, the US Air Force, Los Alamos, White Sands, the Kennedy Library, and other sources to chronicle his space-related activities and travels from 1961-63. Project Mercury and X-15/X-20 fans will enjoy this book, but it also encompasses the new age of satellites, space probes, and nuclear missiles. Readers will go behind the scenes at the White House and on field trips to military and space facilities around the country as Kennedy explores his nation’s growing capabilities. Each photo is accompanied by a detailed caption providing historical depth. This short video will give you a taste of what’s inside.  Authors John Bisney and J.L. Pickering.

 

 

The book is available now for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of February 14.

The Space-Aged Presidency of John F. Kennedy

 

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Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments

 

The University Press of Florida Spring & Summer catalog is now available. Good to see our book “Picturing Apollo 11” featured on the cover. The book will be released in March, but can be pre-ordered at Amazon.   Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments

We put together a video for our “Picturing Apollo 11” book which will be released on March 14th.  In the meantime please enjoy the video.

Video Picturing Apollo 11

 

The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

I am pleased to share a promotional video for the book “The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” by John Bisney and myself. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Please click the link below to watch the promotional video.

The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments.

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I am pleased to announce that my fourth book with coauthor John Bisney, “Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments, will be available on Amazon in March of 2019. Picturing Apollo 11

Picturing Apollo 11 is an unprecedented photographic history of the space mission that defined an era. Through a wealth of unpublicized and recently discovered images, this book presents new and rarely-seen views of the people, places, and events involved in the pioneering first moon landing of July 20, 1969.

No other book has showcased as many never-before-seen photos connected with Apollo 11, or as many photos covering the activities from months before to years after the mission. Starting with the extensive preparations, these photographs show astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin training for the flight, as well as the stages of the massive Saturn V rocket arriving at the Kennedy Space Center for assembly. They capture the media frenzy over the unfolding story and the “moon fever” that gripped the nation.

Also featured here are shots of incredible moments from the mission. In these images, spectators flock to Cape Canaveral to watch the mighty Saturn V launch in a cloud of fire and thunder. Armstrong and Aldrin step out of the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon. The command module Columbiasplashes down in the Pacific Ocean, and the extraordinary voyage is celebrated around the world and in the following decades.

Most of the photographs were selected from NASA archives and the collection of J. L. Pickering, the world’s largest private collection of U.S. human space flight images. The accompanying text details the scenes, revealing the astonishing scale and scope of activities that went into planning and executing the first moon landing. This book commemorates the historic mission and evokes the electric atmosphere of the time.

The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy.

I am pleased to announce that my next book with coauthor John Bisney, The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy – A Rare Photographic History, will be published in March by the University of New Mexico Press. The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

This unprecedented work captures the compelling story of President Kennedy’s role in advancing the US space program, set against the Cold War with the Soviet Union. It chronicles his activities in Washington and his travels throughout the country during 1961-1963, a pivotal three years for NASA. It also further unveils Kennedy’s ambivalence toward the Apollo program as the centerpiece of America’s space race against the Soviets.

Filled with many unpublished photos of the president at civilian and military space facilities, it showcases rare photographs with exhaustively-researched captions. We also include excerpts from Kennedy’s speeches, news conferences, and once-secret White House recordings to provide more context through Kennedy’s own words.

We are very grateful to Dr. Christopher C. Kraft for providing the foreword. John and I hope you will enjoy our latest space history photo book.

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Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo

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A Rare Photographic History

 

In this companion volume to their extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, John Bisney and J. L. Pickering present the rest of the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo.

Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The authors again draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking readers to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975.
The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War-era space photographs with extended captions–identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time–to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.
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Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini

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In this companion volume to John Bisney and J.L. Pickering’s extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, the authors present the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo.

Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The authors draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking reatders to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975.

The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War’era space photographs with extended captions identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.

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Spaceshots & Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini

Gene Cernan

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I took this photo of astronaut Gene Cernan last June. It was wonderful to see Gene interacting with this young man and surely encouraging him to dream big. He always had time to share his experiences as an astronaut, and recounting for the umpteenth time what it felt like to walk on the moon. Gene was the bright light in the room when the ancient astronauts got together. I lingered for a while watching this scene, hoping this young man appreciated the moment. I could see that father time was catching up to Gene, and I wanted to soak up as much of the moment as I could. This great American hero will be missed.