Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb / Edition 1

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In Atomic Culture, eight scholars examine the range of cultural expressions of atomic energy from the 1940s to the early twenty-first century, including comic books, nuclear landscapes, mushroom-cloud postcards, the Los Alamos suburbs, uranium-themed board games, future atomic waste facilities, and atomic-themed films such as Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Kid.

Despite the growing interest in atomic culture and history, the body of relevant scholarship is relatively sparse. Atomic Culture opens new doors into the field by providing a substantive, engaging, and historically based consideration of the topic that will appeal to students and scholars of the Atomic Age as well as general readers.

Contributors include Michael A. Amundson, Mick Broderick, Peter Goin, John Hunner, Ferenc M. Szasz, A. Costandina Titus, Peter C. van Wyck, and Scott C. Zeman.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Atomic Culture points to one inescapable conclusion: For all the trappings of nostalgia and the distancing mechanisms by which we seek to relegate it to 'history,' the atomic age is not merely a part of our past."
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

"A broad range of topics are deftly covered...I have written a fair amount of marginalia; and I have learned a lot about unfamiliar subjects - good seat-of-the-pants reasons to recommend this anthology to others."
- The Journal of American History

"Atomic Culture demonstrates the rich field of subjects available in the history of the bomb . . . [and] offers new ideas and understandings of the continual influence of the atom on American life."
- Western Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870817649
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Series: Atomic History & Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Amundson is a professor of history at Northern Arizona University, the author of Yellowcake Towns, and the co-editor of Atomic Culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Atomic comics : the comic book industry confronts the nuclear age 11
Ch. 2 Reinventing Los Alamos : code switching and suburbia at America's Atomic city 33
Ch. 3 "Uranium on the cranium" : uranium mining and popular culture 49
Ch. 4 Confronting the "capitalist bomb" : the neutron bomb and American culture 65
Ch. 5 The nuclear past in the landscape present 81
Ch. 6 The Mushroom cloud as kitsch 101
Ch. 7 Is this the sum of our fears? Nuclear imagery in post-Cold War cinema 125
Ch. 8 American monument : the waste isolation pilot plant 149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Worth a read

    This book is a series of essays by different authors, discussing the effects of the Cold War on American culture. It's a quick read and the essays discuss widely different aspects of, mostly, the fifties and sixties. Some of the essays are just fun, some are deeper (from this layman's perspective) examinations of psychology, sociology, and related topics. There are lots of illustrations and most everything is referenced, so you can do further research on your own. I'd give it five stars if it were a little longer, there are only something like eight ot ten essays in the book. Also, it seems a little overpriced. This was just a fun little book about the Cold War.

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