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Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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Charming and sophisticated . . . One might view Atomic Comics through many lenses. To some degree, the book fits in the researcher studies pop culture’ category, but it is much too entertainingly--even at times, wryly--written to consign to the academic corner of the library.” -Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
"An immensely readable survey of how comic books have sowed fear and excitement ... clearly written and free of the jargon one might expect from an academic press." Pat Padua in blogcritcs.org, 8/15/12
" Atomic Comics is a useful text, serving as a lucid introduction to the various intersections of popular culture and social issues during the Cold War. In a more general sense, it clearly identifies the ways all manner of popular cultural forms express the ideological conditions of their historical moment, thus serving as a succinct introduction to the study of popular culture and history. Szasz's prose is accessible and jargon-free, friendly to both undergraduate and general readers and the text is filled with images of the works he describes. It could fruitfully appear on undergraduate syllabi in American studies, history, and popular culture courses." Sean Cashbaugh, H-Net Reviews
About the Author
Regents Professor of History, Ferenc Morton Szasz taught at the University of New Mexico for forty-three years. Renowned for his wide-ranging interests, in his teaching and scholarship he focused on American social and intellectual history, thereby embracing the history of American religion, World War II, and the Atomic Age. The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Nuclear Site Explosion, July 16, 1945 remains one of his most popular books.