War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination / Edition 1

War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination / Edition 1

by H. Bruce Franklin
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University of Massachusetts Press

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War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination / Edition 1

In this new and expanded edition of an already classic work, H. Bruce Franklin brings the epic story of the superweapon and the American imagination into the ominous twenty-first century, demonstrating its continuing importance both to comprehending our current predicament and to finding ways to escape from it.

Sweeping through two centuries of American culture and military history, Franklin traces the evolution of superweapons from Robert Fulton's eighteenth-century submarine through the strategic bomber, atomic bomb, and Star Wars to a twenty-first century dominated by "weapons of mass destruction," real and imagined. Interweaving culture, science, technology, and history, he shows how and why the American pursuit of the ultimate defensive weapon -- guaranteed to end all war and bring universal triumph to American ideals -- has led our nation and the world into an epoch of terror and endless war.

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ISBN-13: 9781558496514
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Edition description: REV
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the First Edition     ix
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition     xi
Introduction: Imaging Our Weapons     3
Beyond Manifest Destiny
Robert Fulton and the Weapons of Progress     9
Fantasies of War: 1880-1917     19
Thomas Edison and the Industrialization of War     54
Victory through Air Power
Peace Is Our Profession     81
Billy Mitchell and the Romance of the Bomber     91
The Triumph of the Bombers     101
The Final Catch     112
Chain Reactions
Don't Worry, It's Only Science Fiction     131
Atomic Decision     149
The Rise of Nuclear Culture     155
The Baruch Plan: American Science Fiction     162
Nuclear Scenarios     166
Early Warnings     170
Triumphs of Nuclear Culture     180
End Games
Exit Strategies     191
Star Wars     200
The Age of the Automatons     206
The End!     213
Pax Americana; Or, The Superweapon and the Twenty-first-Century American Imagination
The Science-Fiction Project for the New American Century     217
Mushroom Cloud Over Cincinnati; Or, The Terrorized Empire     221
The New AmericanCentury; Or, The Age of Terror     224
The Unimaginable     231
Notes     233
Bibliography of Fiction Discussed     253
Index     259

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