An Anxious Peace: A Cold War Memoir

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Texas A&M University Press, Apr 23, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
By any measure, Hans Mark was a warrior of the Cold War. Born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1929, he spent his early childhood in Vienna before escaping the Nazi Anschluss in 1938 and eventually emigrating to the United States, settling in New York. He graduated from high school in 1947, went west to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and later earned a PhD in physics from MIT. His work in nuclear engineering soon set him on a path that would be shaped by aeronautics, space exploration, and national defense. It was through advanced technology that Mark believed the United States could win the Cold War.

In An Anxious Peace, Mark recounts in detail his life as a twentieth-century “rocket man.” Here is the inside story of one who—in a career spanning more than six decades—was on the technological front line, from long-range bombers to the space shuttle. Along the way, Mark reveals many never-before-told stories from life at NASA and more.

Readers will revel in learning the background behind the decision to place a plaque on Pioneer 10, a space probe that the NASA Ames Research Center designed to fly past the asteroid belt, Jupiter, and Saturn to collect data and images. Mark tells how he, Carl Sagan, and NASA insider John Naugle kept secret the addition of the now iconic 6x9-inch aluminum “message from humanity” until the probe had been launched. To this day Mark is pushing for a manned mission to Mars. One thing is sure: Hans Mark has left a major impact on academic and scientific communities that will be felt for decades to come.

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Chapter 1 Early Years Escape from Europe and the End of World War II
Chapter 2 The Beginning of the Cold War Nuclear Weapons and Graduate School at MIT
Chapter 3 Edward Teller the Nuclear Weapons Laboratory at Livermore and Cold War Crises
Chapter 4 The University of California the Middle Eastern Wars and the War in Vietnam
Chapter 5 1967 and 1968
Chapter 6 The NASAAmes Research Center and the Cold War
Chapter 7 Nelson Rockefeller the End of the War in Vietnam and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Chapter 8 The National Reconnaissance Office and the US Air Force
Chapter 11 The Interregnum and the Return to NASA
Chapter 12 The Space Shuttle Air Force Bombers and a LongRange Plan for NASA
Chapter 13 Spacelab Columbia and Fundamental Changes in Cold War Policy
Chapter 14 Defense against Ballistic Missiles and Two Important Firsts in Spaceflight
Chapter 15 The Space Station the President and Leaving Washington
Chapter 16 The Loss of Challenger Crucial Summit Meetings and DefenseRelated Research at the University of Texas
Chapter 17 The Reunification of Germany and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Chapter 18 Encore in Washington

Chapter 9 LongRange Bombers Missiles and a Space Command for the Air Force
Chapter 10 Other Duties as Assigned and the Election of Ronald Reagan

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HANS MARK is the emeritus John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as director of the NASA Ames Research Center, deputy administrator of NASA, director of Defense Research and Engineering, director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Secretary of the Air Force, and chancellor of the University of Texas system. He is the author or editor of eight books. Mark resides in Austin.

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