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Historian Jeff Shesol on His Book “Mercury Rising: John Glenn, JFK, and the New Battleground of the Cold War”

February 20, 2023

How important was John F. Kennedy to the launch of America’s space program and how did John Glenn get to be its first hero? On the week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we interview author Jeff Shesol about his engaging book “Mercury Rising: John Glenn, JFK, and the New Battleground of the Cold War” and find out just why JFK championed our quest for space exploration.


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