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By the Bomb's Early Light American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age

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ISBN-10: 0807844802

ISBN-13: 9780807844809

Edition: 2nd 1994 (Reprint)

Authors: Paul Boyer

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List price: $42.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/30/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
First Reactions
"The Whole World Gasped"
Overture: The World-Government Movement
The Summons to Action
Atomic-Bomb Nightmares and World-Government Dreams
The Atomic Scientists: From Bomb-Makers to Political Sages
The Political Agenda of the Scientists' Movement
"To the Village Square": The Public Agenda of the Scientists' Movement
The Uses of Fear
Representative Text: One World or None
The Mixed Message of Bikini
The Scientists' Movement in Eclipse
Anodyne to Terror: Fantasies of a Techno-Atomic Utopia
Atomic Cars, Artificial Suns, Cancer-Curing Isotopes: The Search for a Silver Lining
Bright Dreams and Disturbing Realities: The Psychological Function of the Atomic-Utopia Visions
The Social Implications of Atomic Energy: Prophecies and Prescriptions
Optimistic Forecasts
Darker Social Visions
Experts and Ideologues Offer Their Prescriptions
Social Science into the Breach
The Crisis of Morals and Values
Justifications, Rationalizations, Evasions: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the American Conscience
"Victory for What?" - The Voice of the Minority
Atomic Weapons and Judeo-Christian Ethics: The Discourse Begins
Human Nature, Technological Man, the Apocalyptic Tradition
Culture and Consciousness in the Early Atomic Era
Words Fail: The Bomb and the Literary Imagination
Visions of the Atomic Future in Science Fiction and Speculative Fantasy
Second Thoughts About Prometheus: The Atomic Bomb and Attitudes Toward Science
Psychological Fallout: Consciousness and the Bomb
The End of the Beginning: Settling in for the Long Haul
Dagwood to the Rescue: The Campaign to Promote the "Peaceful Atom"
Secrecy and Soft Soap: Soothing Fears of the Bomb
The Reassuring Message of Civil Defense
1949-1950: Embracing the Bomb
Epilogue: From the H-Bomb to Star Wars: The Continuing Cycles of Activism and Apathy
Notes
Index