AUTHORBoyer, Paul
TITLEBy the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age
PUBLISHERUniversity of North Carolina Press
CITYChapel Hill, NC

This book explores the early cultural effects of the first atomic bombs in the United States. Using cartoons, opinion polls, radio programs, movies, literature, song lyrics, slang, and interviews, the author shows how the bomb shaped many aspects of American life and penetrated the consciousness of Americans. He looks at the public’s opinion of the atomic scientists, the fantasies many people had of a techno-atomic utopia, the social implications of atomic energy, the crisis of morals and values, the culture of the early atomic era, and the United States’ embrace of the bomb. A concise epilogue discusses the cycles of activism and apathy that have emerged from the time of the hydrogen bomb to Star Wars. This edition is the paperback, with a new preface, of a book first published in 1985 by Pantheon.

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