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Atomic Age America, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Martin V Melosi

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 16, 2012

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For courses in 20th century America, the Cold War, 1945 to the Present, and History of Science


Atomic Age America is a thematic text that uses nuclear science as a lens into 20th century America.

With atomic energy as a unifying theme, Author Martin Melosi examines the social, political, environmental,

and scientific consequences of its development. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Most Controversial Technology         


Chapter 1 A Community of Scientists: Atomic Theory over the Centuries                                 

Chapter 2 Government Mobilizes the Atom: War, Big Science, and the Manhattan Project

Chapter 3 Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Aftermath: From Total War to Cold War

Chapter 4 The Cold War and Atomic Diplomacy: Deterrence, Espionage, and the Super    

Chapter 5 Invincible to Vulnerable in the Age of Anxiety: Massive Retaliation, Fallout, and the Sputnik Crisis                    

Chapter 6 To the Brink: The Military-Industrial Complex, the Berlin and Cuban Crises, and the Lingering Arms Race

Chapter 7 Too Cheap to Meter, Too Tempting to Ignore: Peaceful Uses of the Atom                                                                                                  

Chapter 8 Nuclear Power v. The Environment: The Bandwagon Market, Reactor Safety, and the Energy Crisis

Chapter 9 The Post-TMI World, Chernobyl, and the Future of Nuclear Power        

Chapter 10 Pax Atomica—or Pox Atomica--at the End of the Cold War 

Chapter 11 Proliferation, Terrorism, and Climate Change: The Atom in the 21st Century                                                           


Conclusion: From Hiroshima to Fukushima       


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$28.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74255-4