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Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy And The New Battleground Of The Cold War

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Jun 30 2021
Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy And The New Battleground Of The Cold War

If the United States 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 the tension and excitement of a flight that shifted the momentum of the

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