Atomic Fun on Doomsday

09.09.12

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A B-47 bomber. Air Force photo.

A B-47 bomber. Air Force photo.

by DAVID AXE

I’m finally getting around to reading Doug Keeney’s 2011 book 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation. Keeney describes the mood in 1950s Las Vegas, capital of nuclear America:

The atomic tests added a degree of excitement to a city that made excitement its stock-in-trade. Las Vegas hotels advertised “atomic” room specials, sold “atomic cocktails” at their bars and offered picnic baskets as part of packages and weekend deals that included field trips to nearby Mount Charleston and Angel’s Peak to view atomic blasts.

Hell of a book.

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One Response to “Atomic Fun on Doomsday”

  1. Logan Hartke says:

    Speaking of nuclear testing and the atmosphere at the time, that desert shot looks like the opening to Them!

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