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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

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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. 

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Book Description University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 2010. Softcover. Book Condition: New. 240 pages. Softcover. New book. ARCHITECTURE. 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."ÑDave Eggers "A genuinely engaging book, perhaps because [Vanderbilt] is skillful at conveying his own sense of engagement to the reader."ÑLos Angeles Times "A retracing of Dr. Strangelove as ordinary life."ÑGreil Marcus, Bookforum Contents INTRODUCTION Looking for Dr. Strangelove: The Cold War as Archaeology CHAPTER 1 Dead City: The Metropolis Targeted CHAPTER 2 Survival City: This is Only a Test CHAPTER 3 The Domestication of Doomsday: New Buildings for the Perilous Atomic Age CHAPTER 4 The Underground City: The Architecture of Disappearance CHAPTER 5 Twentieth-Century Castles: Missile Silos in the Heartland CHAPTER 6 The Secret Landscape: Some Cold War Traces POSTSCRIPT September 11, 2001 NOTES ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (Key Words: Cold War, American Architecture, Tom Vanderbilt, American History, Missile Silos, Photography, Tourism: Travel Writing, Guides). book. Bookseller Inventory # 80697X1

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