Sputnik and ‘skill thinking’ revisited: technological determinism in American responses to the Soviet missile threat

  title={Sputnik and ‘skill thinking’ revisited: technological determinism in American responses to the Soviet missile threat},
  author={Columba Peoples},
  journal={Cold War History},
  pages={55 - 75}
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