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People of the Bomb : Portraits of America's Nuclear Complex (04 Edition)by Hugh Gusterson
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We have had the bomb on our minds since 1945. It was first our weaponry and then our diplomacy, and now it's our economy. How can we suppose that something so monstrously powerful would not, after forty years, compose our identity? -E. L. Doctorow<P>This book tells the story of how-like it or not, know it or not-we have become "the people of the bomb." Integrating fifteen years of field research at weapons laboratories across the United States with discussion of popular movies, political speeches, media coverage of war, and the arcane literature of defense intellectuals, Hugh Gusterson shows how the military-industrial complex has built consent for its programs and, in the process, taken the public "nuclear."<P>People of the Bomb mixes empathic and vivid portraits of individual weapons scientists with hard-hitting scrutiny of defense intellectuals' inability to foresee the end of the cold war, government rhetoric on missile defense, official double standards about nuclear proliferation, and pork barrel politics in the nuclear weapons complex. Overall, the book assembles a disturbing picture of the ways in which the military-industrial complex has transformed our public culture and personal psychology in the half century since we entered the nuclear age.<P>Hugh Gusterson is associate professor of anthropology and science studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor of public policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War (1996) and coeditor of Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities, and the Production of Danger (Minnesota, 1999). Lynne Cheney's American Council of Trustees andAlumni named him one of the most dangerous intellectuals in the United States today.
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Rather than relying on archives and published sources, Gusterson (anthropology and science studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) interviewed people who took part in the birth of nuclear warfare: weapons scientists, policy makers, and activists at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and in Russia and Washington, D.C. His topics include militarism and the media, ideological frames, nuclear testing, and life around the barbed wire fence. A postscript looks at tall tales and deceptive discourses about nuclear weapons under George W. Bush's administration.
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