AUTHORKistiakowsky, George B.
TITLEA Scientist at the White House: The Private Diary of President Eisenhower’s Special Assistant for Science and Technology.
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA

This book presents the private diary that George Kistiakowsky kept while serving as President Dwight Eisenhower’s Special Assistant for Science and Technology from the spring of 1959 to the end of Eisenhower’s presidency. The diary is mostly a record of Kistiakowsky's conversations with members of the Eisenhower administration during that period. It gives insight into the decision-making processes of Eisenhower’s White House as well as the debate about Sputnik and its meaning for the United States missile and space programs as seen at the time. The account further addresses Eisenhower’s dilemma in pressing forward with advanced missile development while trying to slow the nuclear arms race. The book is a good primary source on nuclear issues during that period of the Cold War.

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