The Sputnik Challenge by Robert A. Divine
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (Hardcover, March 25, 1993)
In this book, Divine analyzes President Dwight Eisenhower's moderate, balanced response to the Sputnik crisis.
Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge by Asif A. Siddiqi
Published by Tandem Library (Hardcover, February 2003)
In this book, Siddiqi covers the beginning of the Space Race from
the Soviet point of view. In addition to the technical details of the
space program, this book also delves into the personalities involved.
Sputnik: The Shock of the Century by Paul Dickson
Published by Thorndike Press (Large Print Edition, January 2002)
In this book, Dickson chronicles the history of rocket research,
including Nazi successes during WWII, after which American and Soviet
troops vied to seize German scientists and hardware. Dickson examines
the quarreling between the services for control of the space program
and exposes the reasons for the lag in American research.
Sputnik, Scientists, and Eisenhower: A Memoir of the First Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology by James R. Killian
Published by The MIT Press (Paperback, May 4, 1982)
These are the memoirs of James R. Killian who, as the title points
out, was the first Special Assistant to the President for Science and
Technology. Killian, President of MIT at the time of the Sputnik
launch, was tapped for this job, and formulated the national response
to the Soviet space threat.
Brainpower for the Cold War: The Sputnik Crisis and National Defense Education Act of 1958 by Barbara Barksdale Clowse
Published by Greenwood Press (Hardcover, December 21, 1981) Out of Print!
One of the few books that deal with the National Defense Education
Act, this one chronicles the debate in the White House and in Congress
over the necessity of federal support of higher education.
Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program: Vol. I: Organizing for Exploration by John M. Logsdon
Published by Diane Publishing (Paperback, 1995)
This volume includes more than 200 key documents from the civil space program on the development of the space age .
It Came from Outer Space: Everyday Products and Ideas from the Space Program by Marjolijn Bijlefeld and Robert Burke
Published by Greenwood Press (Hardcover, August 30, 2003)
This volume contains 67 entries on products and technologies that
have been either developed or improved upon because of space-related
research and technology development.
Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization by Robert Zubrin
Published by Tarcher (Paperback, August 3, 2000)
With an engineering background, Zubrin breaks his optimistically
forward thinking book down into three sections: the first covers
near-term projects in Earth orbit, specializing in commercial
possibilities. The second part takes on the Moon, Mars, and the outer
solar system. The third adopts an optimistic view of interstellar
travel and extraterrestrial life.