Missile Next Door The Minuteman in the American Heartland

ISBN-10: 0674059115
ISBN-13: 9780674059115
Edition: 2012
Authors: Gretchen Heefner
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

Between 1961 and 1967 the United States Air Force buried 1,000 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in pastures across the Great Plains. The Missile Next Door tells the story of how rural Americans of all political stripes were drafted to fight the Cold War by living with nuclear missiles in their backyards—and what that story tells us about enduring political divides and the persistence of defense spending.By scattering the missiles in out-of-the-way places, the Defense Department kept the chilling calculus of Cold War nuclear strategy out of view. This subterfuge was necessary, Gretchen Heefner argues, in order for Americans to accept a costly nuclear buildup and the resulting threat of Armageddon. As for the ranchers, farmers, and other civilians in the Plains states who were first seduced by the economics of war and then forced to live in the Soviet crosshairs, their sense of citizenship was forever changed. Some were stirred to dissent. Others consented but found their proud Plains individualism giving way to a growing dependence on the military-industrial complex. Even today, some communities express reluctance to let the Minutemen go, though the Air Force no longer wants them buried in the heartland.Complicating a red state/blue state reading of American politics, Heefner’s account helps to explain the deep distrust of government found in many western regions, and also an addiction to defense spending which, for many local economies, seems inescapable.

Introduction: A Strange New Landscape
Ace in the Hole
Selling Deterrence
The Mapmakers
Cold War on the Range
Nuclear Heartland
The Radical Plains
Dismantling the Cold War
Conclusion: Missiles and Memory
Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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