AUTHORBoyer, Paul
TITLEFallout: A Historian Reflects on America's Half-Century Encounter with Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHEROhio State University Press
CITYColumbus, OH

This book explores the cultural and psychological "fallout" that America’s arms race produced in generations of its citizens. Boyer takes the reader on a chronological journey through nuclear weapons in the American consciousness. He describes the antiquated expressions of nuclear fear, paranoia, and ignorance in art, literature, film, and the media. He contrasts those expressions with the government’s propaganda, such as Eisenhower’s "atoms for peace" and Kennedy’s "missile gap". The author talks about the calming effects of political treaties, such as the Limited Test Ban. Interesting chapters depict Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars, and the Enola Gay controversy at the Smithsonian. In some ways, the book is a bibliography of important cultural responses to nuclear weapons.

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