Powering Apollo James E. Webb of Nasa
- List Price: $30.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780801862052
- ISBN10: 0801862051
A North Carolina native and Congressional staff member, Jim Webb had served in Congress, worked in the Truman administration, and risen to high office in the defense and energy industries by 1961 when Kennedy named him to head the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Examining Webb's role as both Washington insider and government program director, Lambright probes the skills and experience that equipped him to handle his enormous responsibilities. He also shows how Webb's performance reflected important changes in twentieth century public life, including the concentration of political power in Washington; expansion of the federal bureaucracy; the rise of big science; and visions of cooperation among government, industry, and higher education.