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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403965544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403965547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Long before 9/11, Washington, D.C., served as both symbol and target. David Krugler shows how Cold War fears of nuclear attack shaped the mind-set of national policymakers and remade the landscape of the national capital. The worst never happened but the civil defense efforts he documents offer sobering lessons for anyone concerned about the future continuity of our government."--Donald A. Ritchie, author of Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps
"Krugler's dissection of the inadequacies of America's early plans to assure continuity of government in the nation's capital against the eventuality of nuclear attack is not just good history. It reveals, in the aftermath of the attacks of 2001, how ill-prepared America remains in case of a significant threat to the homeland. Lively and deeply informed, Krugler's book is both compelling reading and a wake up call to the American public and its elected representatives."--Howard F. Gillette, Jr., author of Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C.
"This Is Only a Test underscores the confusion, wishful thinking, political infighting, and ultimate futility of civil-defense planning in Washington, D.C. during the scariest years of the Cold War. Deeply researched and engagingly written, this book offers imagined--but firmly grounded--scenarios of the chaos an actual nuclear attack would surely have unleashed. Sensitive to the clash of personalities and conflicting interests, David Krugler shows how race, urban-suburban tensions, and the political pecking order in the nation's capital all shaped the debate. This timely study highlights issues that still confront us in this post-9/11 age."--Paul Boyer, author of By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought
and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age

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David F. Krugler is Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Makar on May 9, 2006
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Those who think the federal government spends billions on protecting itself leaving the masses (us) to fend for themselves will enjoy reading this book. Not only are the masses left to assorb the attack but most government leaders and workers aren't any better off. This book is a history of Civil Defense in the Washington DC area. It is very well researched. Great narrative about how Civil Defense just never seemed to get the priority it deserved. If Washington couldn't get a decent program running then how could anyone expect the rest of the country to do so. There are great descriptions of Mt. Weather, Site R and FEMA ROCs. Extensive discussion on the Relocation Arch and Continuity of Government plans as well. Great book for emergency managers and those interested in civil defense. If you want to know the likely outcome of the current Homeland Security/FEMA restructuring and future disaster response, this book is the crystal ball. I highly recommend the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doc on January 19, 2011
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This book gives you a look inside some things that you may not, or might not have known that goes on in D.C. and or what has went on in the govt in D.C. Great Book!
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David F. Krugler grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He left his home state to attend Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating with degrees in English and history, he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved back to Wisconsin in 1997 to teach at the University of Wisconsin--Platteville, where he's now Professor of History. A historian of the modern United States, he has published books on several different topics: Cold War propaganda, nuclear warfare, and racial conflict in the United States. Krugler is the author of The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953 (University of Missouri Press, 2000) and This Is Only a Test: How Washington, D.C., Prepared for Nuclear War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). In December 2014, Cambridge University Press released his third book, 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back. Krugler has served as a faculty leader for teacher education programs at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Master of American History and Government program at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. He is the past recipient of research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the White House Historical Association. In Spring 2011, he was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. In 2010, he appeared in the National Geographic Channel documentary American Doomsday. He has written for TheDailyBeast.com and been interviewed by Slate.com, the San Francisco Weekly, BBC Mundo, and CJOB Talk Radio, Winnipeg, Canada (see press page for details). When he's not teaching and writing, Krugler enjoys overseas travel (most recent trip: Copenhagen, Denmark), going to art museums, and reading mysteries (latest favorite author: Jim Thompson).

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