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“They all agreed that one of them was going to die,” A Conversation with Jeff Shesol on Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War With the Bark Off: Conversations from the LBJ Presidential Library

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Historian and former presidential speechwriter Jeff Shesol joins to talk about his new book “Mercury Rising.” He shares stories of astronaut John Glenn and President John Kennedy in the nascent days of the U.S. space program, as NASA trailed haplessly behind the Soviet Union in space exploration, stoking fears that the Soviet Union was gaining a crucial technological upper hand in the Cold War.

Historian and former presidential speechwriter Jeff Shesol joins to talk about his new book “Mercury Rising.” He shares stories of astronaut John Glenn and President John Kennedy in the nascent days of the U.S. space program, as NASA trailed haplessly behind the Soviet Union in space exploration, stoking fears that the Soviet Union was gaining a crucial technological upper hand in the Cold War.

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