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A Historian Reflects on America’s Half-Century Encounter with Nuclear Weapons

Paul Boyer

Frontmatter and Acknowledgments

I. Early Responses

 1:  The Day American First Heard the News
 2:  How Americans Imagined the Bomb They Dropped
 3:  President Truman, the American People, and the Atomic Bomb
 4:  Diplomats and Strategists Confront the Bomb

II. Nuclear Culture in the Cold War’s High Tide

 5:  The American Medical Profession and the Threat of Nuclear War
 6:  Edward Teller and Project Chariot
 7:  Dr. Strangelove: Stanley Kubrick Presents the Apocalypse

III. Going Underground: Nuclear America, 1963–1980

 8:  From the Test Ban Treaty to Three Mile Island
 9:  Nuclear War in the Writings of Bible-Prophecy Popularizers

IV. The Reagan Era: The Freeze Campaign and After

10:  The Battle for Public Opinion in the 1940s and the 1980s
11:  Star Wars: The Cultural Implications of Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative
12:  Another Cycle of Nuclear Activism Ends
13:  “You Must Keep Reminding Us:” Post–Cold War College Students Contemplate Nuclear Issues

V. The View from the Nineties

14:  Nuclear Menace in the Mass Culture of the Late Cold War Era and Beyond (by Paul Boyer and Eric Idsvoog)
15:  Hiroshima in American Memory
16:  The Enola Gay Controversy and the Perils of “Historical Revisionism”


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