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The Dragon's Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond) First Edition

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"This is an outstanding book. It uses examples of different narratives beautifully, both outlining and analyzing them with a sense of style and control. It underscores the importance of these narratives in our understanding of the culture of the nuclear age. And it is accessible in ways that should make it attractive to general audiences as well as specialists in the field."―Allan M. Winkler, author of Life under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom "Jacobs subjects atomic narratives in postwar US culture to cogent analysis in this succinct, well-researched, readable book. These stories convey just how ominous the future seemed during the Cold War when (until 1963) atmospheric testing exposed virtually all living things on the planet to radioactive fallout. . . . Highly recommended."―Choice "Jacobs excels at explaining how the atomic age shaped American culture and discussing various narratives about the Bomb gleaned from an impressive range of sources including films, novels, magazine and civil defense pamphlets."―The Japan Times "[Jacobs's] research is impressive, from obscure pop-culture sources to long-classified Pentagon documents. His interpretive framework, laid out in the introduction, is that Americans experienced the nuclear reality through a cacophony of competing narratives and visual imagery-mythic, propagandistic, fictional, and chillingly realistic."―Journal of Cold War Studies "Jacobs takes on a topic that has been widely written about and offers a fresh, intelligent, and engaging perspective--and he does this in only 121 pages."―Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society "Keen historical accounting and insight."―The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Robert A. Jacobs is research assistant professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University.

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  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1558497277
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1558497276
  • Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : University of Massachusetts Press; First edition (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: : English
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