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Missile Next Door The Minuteman in the American Heartland

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ISBN-10: 0674059115

ISBN-13: 9780674059115

Edition: 2012

Authors: Gretchen Heefner

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $39.00
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
Language: English

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