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The legacy of nuclear weapons in the west

Three provocative new books by Eric Schlosser, Rudolph Herzog and Patrick Marnham seek to rouse us from our post-Cold War slumbers

By Thomas Meaney   December 2013

Have we finally learned to stop worrying about the bomb? In the west, at least, it would appear so. The rituals and artefacts of the nuclear age have never seemed more distant. Black and yellow nuclear fallout signs that once adorned public buildings are now collector’s items. People store wine in what were once atomic shelters.  The bunker under the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, where the US Senate was once designated to spend the nuclear winter, is now part of the guest tour. Ambitious young cadets at the military academies…

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