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Nuclear paranoia has been around as long as the bomb itself and has enjoyed a colossal influence on popular culture. Films like Dr Strangelove, The War Game and Threads played out our worst fears. The bomb has also been featured in pop songs like "Two Tribes" and television shows from The Simpsons to The Young Ones.
This book is a history of the nuclear bomb and how it's scared us to death. It includes analysis of the effects of significant moments in nuclear history including Hiroshima Nagasaki, the Cuban missile crisis, Chernobyl, and Star Wars. It also includes reviews and analysis of nuclear war films and other instances of nuke paranoia in pop music, television, literature, and fashion.
|Introduction: Things that go bang in the night||p. 7|
|The godfather: Oppenheimer; Hiroshima and Nagasaki||p. 14|
|We all held our breath: The Cuban missile crisis and its legacy||p. 22|
|'Til death us do part: The atomic romance of Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher||p. 28|
|Gimme shelter: The Protect and Survive leaflet; post-nuclear government and broadcasting plans||p. 36|
|Atomic Cinema: Why we love nuclear war films, including Dr Strangelove, The War Game, The Day After and When The Wind Blows||p. 43|
|Threads: Everything you wanted to know about the 1984 BBC film||p. 56|
|Paranoia pop culture: The influence of the bomb on music, literature, television and fashion||p. 63|
|Whoops, apocalypse!: Chemobyl, the millennium bug and a host of near-misses||p. 73|
|Just when you thought it was safe: 21st Century paranoia; nuclear terrorism; India and Pakistan||p. 80|
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Series: Pocket Essentials
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st April 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.068