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Readership: Those interested in postwar American culture, including the counterculture, environmentalism, and technology
Matthew D. Tribbe, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
Matthew D. Tribbe is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.
"A persuasive, rollicking account of the moon landings as the final act in a post-war American love affair with science and rationalism." - The Economist
"Matthew Tribbe's examination of American attitudes towards the Apollo space program in the 1960s is a 'giant leap' away from the platitudes that dominate popular memory and too many historical accounts of the era-a first rate cultural history." - Maurice Isserman, co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s
"No Requiem for the Space Age is a wonderful read. Tribbe's prose is witty, ironic, and at times refreshingly irreverent. His history
is also extremely important. By taking readers on an exploration not only of NASA's Apollo program but also of the films, fiction, and even television advertisements depicting space travel during the 1960s and 1970s, Tribbe traces the gradual decline of American's belief in technological progress and the subsequent rise of a new romantic spirit based on individual experience and subjectivity." - Neil M. Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark
"Matthew Tribbe's account of the Apollo program and its demise provides a penetrating glimpse at American values and priorities in the 1960s and the years that followed. The energy of the space
effort began to dissipate even before the program ended, and this engaging book shows how doubts about technology and reservations about progress itself dominated the larger conversation." - Allan M. Winkler, Miami University of Ohio
Part I: On Talking about Apollo
Ch 1: "The Message of the Spirit of Apollo": Commonplace Reactions
Ch 2: The Nihilism of the WASPs: Norman Mailer in NASA-Land
Part II: On Mastering the University
Ch 3: Apollo and the "Human Condition"
Ch 4: The Thunder of Apollo: A Benevolent Endeavor in a Century of Brutality
Part III: On Rationalism and Neo-Romanticism
Ch 5: Turning a Miracle into a Bummer: Squareland, Potland, and the Psychedelic Moon
Ch 6: "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot": Moon Voyaging in the Neo-Romantic 1970s
Conclusion: In the Wake of Apollo