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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226846941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226846941
  • ASIN: 0226846946
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A genuinely engaging book, perhaps because Vanderbilt is skillful at conveying his own sense of engagement to the reader." - Los Angeles Times "A retracing of Dr. Strangelove as ordinary life." - Greil Marcus, Bookforum "A fascinating political and cultural analysis of 'cold war architecture': a vast array of structures from missile silos to small towns built to test the effectiveness of an atomic blast, presidential fallout shelters, nuclear waste dumps, monoliths like the windowless PacBell building in Los Angeles, and countless motels and diners named 'Atomic.'" - Publishers Weekly "Exploring buried traces of the cold war in America... Vanderbilt finds a vast, secret, and now largely abandoned landscape." - Architecture "Survival City, by taking us on a tour of important places we've probably never seen, is both a call to preserve cold war history and a valuable reminder of the continual impact of nuclear weapons on the American cultural and physical landscape." - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists "This is a crucial and dazzling book. Masterful, and for me at least, intoxicating. It reminds us of the absurd and sinister ways humans have attempted to ensure their survival, and, without ever oversimplifying, it manages to be a ridiculously entertaining read." - Dave Eggers.

About the Author

Tom Vanderbilt is the New York Times best-selling author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). His work on design, technology, science, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and others. 


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Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, architecture, science, and many other topics. He is author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" published in 2008 by Alfred A. Knopf, and "Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America," published in 2002 by Princeton Architectural Press. He is contributing editor to I.D. and Print magazines, contributing writer at Design Observer, and writes for many publications, ranging from Wired to the New York Times to Men's Vogue to the Wilson Quarterly. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ross Payton on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book covers a lot of topics connected to the design of nuclear bunkers and test sites, ranging from how aerial photographs changed the field of urban planning to the esoteric designs of various weapons testing sites that now lie abandoned in the deserts of the Southwest. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic genre works like Fallout, you'll probably want to learn more about how the idea of fallout shelters and vaults came to be so important to the military industrial complex. Read this book and you'll know.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Thomas on October 5, 2013
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Author went off the subject so much. I wish I could get my money back. He drowned on and on about architecture and aerial photography. I never felt this way about a book before. Correction: droned, not drowned.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard M. Wiley III on January 11, 2013
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This is an very slow read. It really isn't about America's Cold War history. It is about the axe the author seems to want to grind about how he see's the US and the cold war
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