AUTHORHenriksen, Margot A.
TITLEDr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book examines the role of the atomic bomb in postwar American culture from the 1940s to the 1970s. The author traces the evolution of a culture of dissent as expressed in film, literature, music, and art that developed in reaction to nuclear weapons and the Cold War. She analyzes the black humor found in film director Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and other examples of that dissent. She also discusses the effects of civil defense and fallout shelters on American society. The work provides a fascinating cultural history of that formative period of modern U.S. history.

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