Koppes, Clayton R., JPL and the American Space Program, A History of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, New Haven, Yale University Press, . [xiii], 1-299. 9 ½” x 6”.
First Edition, First Printing, yellow cloth covered boards. Fine but lacking dust jacket. 10 pages of black and white photographs and one in color.
A history of JPL from its founding in 1936 and of the first quarter century of the American space program. It covers the uneasy relationships between space technology, scientific exploration and military purposes in a national security state. Koppes is Professor of History at Oberlin College and most well-known for his book Hollywood Goes to War.