Very Good / Very Good. Item #000657
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1960. Octavo; x + 303pp. Unpaginated gathering of 16 B&W documentary photographs bound in. Dust jacket in three colors, including "high alert" red. Crimson binding with blind-stamped missile image on front panel and gold lettering on spine. Reviewer copy sent out by publisher, including publisher's letter and original pricing card.
Dust jacket chipped with minor tears to top edge; color rubbed on spine and at edges. Spine of binding nudged at crown and foot. Faint, narrow horizontal shadow of black ink on top and bottom edges of back panel--rubbing from nearby volumes? Textblock clean and crisp.
A 1960 snapshot publishing effort intended to calm the American public--alarmed by the Sputnik launch in 1957-- with reassurances about the state of American missile development and imminent success in the space race. "A penetrating look at our program for the future--by the only man truly qualified and able to tell the story,"