Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America (Paperback)

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On the road to Survival City, Tom Vanderbilt maps the visible and invisible legacies of the cold war, exhuming the blueprints for the apocalypse we once envisioned and chronicling a time when we all lived at ground zero. In this road trip among ruined missile silos, atomic storage bunkers, and secret test sites, a lost battleground emerges amid the architecture of the 1950s, accompanied by Walter Cotten's stunning photographs. Survival City looks deep into the national soul, unearthing the dreams and fears that drove us during the latter half of the twentieth century.

"A crucial and dazzling book, masterful, and for me at least, intoxicating."-Dave Eggers

"A genuinely engaging book, perhaps because Vanderbilt] is skillful at conveying his own sense of engagement to the reader."-Los Angeles Times

"A retracing of Dr. Strangelove as ordinary life."-Greil Marcus, Bookforum

About the Author

Tom Vanderbilt is the New York Times best-selling author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). His work on design, technology, science, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226846941
ISBN-10: 0226846946
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2010
Pages: 228
Language: English