Life Under a Cloud

Life Under a Cloud : American Anxiety About the Atom

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In this vivid account of the impact of the atomic bomb on American political and cultural life, Allan M. Winkler delineates how fears of nuclear disaster have become a part of our culture. Tracing the debate among scientists and intellectuals over military and civilian uses of atomic power as well as the waxing and waning of popular protest, "Life Under a Cloud" reveals the irony, anxiety, and official insanity of the atomic age. Winkler also explores the cultural manifestations of public concern over the nuclear dilemma by using popular songs, movies, novels, poems, paintings, and television programs - from Stanley Kubrick's film "Dr. Strangelove" to Tom Lehrer's satirical verses ("In the land of the AEC/Where the scenery is attractive/And the air is radioactive") - to detail the curious mix of humor and dread that has characterized the way most Americans have tried to relate to a world filled with atomic weapons and the threat of instantaneous annihilation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 151.9 x 227.1 x 23.4mm | 502.62g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252067738
  • 9780252067730

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"A lively, first-rate survey of the nation's encounter with the nuclear era."- Lawrence S. Wittner, Journal of American History "In his brilliant study, Winkler argues that the dissimulations of governments in our 'free' world have left us enslaved by fear, for they cannot dispel the clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Anxiety, like radioactivity, lingers on... Life under a Cloud is one of the most distinguished examples of work of the American studies genre."-Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Times Higher Education Supplement "The best overview history of nuclear arms control and related issues yet published... Winkler moves easily among sources for his arms control and popular culture themes. His research is extraordinarily broad, including song lyrics, comic books, poetry, and newspapers, as well as archival and manuscript collections and secondary literature. He has digested and synthesized all of these sources skillfully. His breadth of research and synthesis of diverse sources make Life Under a Cloud an outstanding work of scholarship."-Roger M. Anders, Diplomatic Historyshow more

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