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Duck and Cover: Growing Up in the Atomic Age by [William Philips ]

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This is a marvelous book, wonderfully written, touching, and also hilarious...[A]s a fellow boomer, it brought back many memories of the era and helped me recall some of my personal recollections as well. I was hooked by the first three pages and found it a pure delight to read all the way through--Historian Daniel Pritchett, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

This engaging and touching narrative of the trials and tribulations, wonders and joys, and adventures of Philips through the 1950s and onwards, [accurately reflects] the lives of many Baby Boomers.--
Bruce Marsh, Johns Hopkins University, author of the upcoming book, At the Pole with Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton.

As...a pop culture historian who focuses on men's adventure magazines published in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, I really enjoyed reading Philips' reminiscences in Duck and Cover.--
Robert Deis, Editor of The Men's Adventure Library book series

Jump in your go-cart and strap yourself in for this wild ride through the '50s and beyond!--
Amazon review

Excellent! A fun and thoughtful memoir of the Atomic Age.--
Goodreads review

Richly observed...Duck and Cover is an amusing and poignant glimpse into a life well-lived...Philips weaves together tales that are filled with equal amounts of humor and heart.--
Robert Rector, Chair of English/Communications Department, Delaware Technical & Community College

Wit, style, humor, fun! You will love how this author expresses himself. --
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Of the thirty-three chapters in this memoir, twenty-one of them have at least one boot firmly cemented in the 1950s, so, for the most part, Duck and Cover stands as a personal history of that era. While this admission may alarm younger readers, let me put your mind at rest by saying that I never start a single sentence with, "Kids today don't..." or, "Young people today should..." or any sentence that blames the young for not being old. I have no animosity toward your generation; in fact, at the age of seventy-four, I wish I could throw off the aches and pains of an old man and join your ranks--even if it means wearing my baseball hat backward. If I have any gripes, they're against my generation. Specifically, the ones who say, "Kids today don't..." and "Young people today should..."

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BFM32V2Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ NM Nathaniel/Maya (September 16, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 16, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5490 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 233 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

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William C. Philips was born just two years after the first atomic bomb test and spent quite a bit of his elementary school time hiding under desks, anticipating the nuclear war that was sure to come. After the "all clear" was sounded, so to speak, and the fear of an atomic war ended, Philips moved on to higher education and received two degrees from the University of Delaware and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Although teaching was his primary profession, he also worked as a farmhand, adventure tour guide, legislative assistant, and researcher in Antarctica. Some readers may recognize him as the founder and administrator of several Facebook groups, including "Golden Age of Travel 1830-1955" and "Duck and Cover, Growing Up in the Atomic Age."

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