Online Event, Author Talk Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy and the New Battleground of the Cold War Register registration required at no cost 30 June 2021.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Jeff Shesol in conversation with E.J. Dionne

If the United States couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War. On February 20, 1962, when John Glenn blasted into orbit aboard Friendship 7, his mission was not only to circle the planet; it was to calm the fears of the free world and renew America’s sense of self-belief. Mercury Rising re-creates the tension and excitement of a flight that shifted the momentum of the space race and put the United States on the path to the moon. Drawing on new archival sources, personal interviews, and previously unpublished notes by Glenn himself, Mercury Rising reveals how the astronaut’s heroics lifted the nation’s hopes