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Outside the gates of Eden : the dream of America from Hiroshima to now

Author: Peter B Hales
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014]
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Exhilaration and anxiety, the yearning for community and the quest for identity: these shared, contradictory feelings course through Outside the Gates of Eden, Peter Bacon Hales's ambitious and intoxicating new history of America from the atomic age to the virtual age. Born under the shadow of the bomb, with little security but the cold comfort of duck-and-cover, the postwar generations lived through - and led -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter B Hales
ISBN: 9780226313153 0226313158
OCLC Number: 857898103
Description: 471 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: The atomic sublime --
Bombing the West, 1951 --
Tracking shot: Miracle on 34th Street and the birth of an atomic America --
Looking at Levittown --
Levittown's palimpsest: colored skin --
Mr. Levitt's television --
The incredible exploding house, Yucca Flat, Nevada, March, 1953 --
Lucy! --
Technologies of space and place, 1962 --
Two satellites, 1962 --
Portable communities: radio, 1963 --
Dylan's America --
Hendrix on Mount Pisgah --
Counter-landscapes --
Retreating to utopia --
Pong versus computer space, 1972 --
Simerica.
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