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People of the Bomb mixes empathic and vivid portraits of individual weapons scientists with hard-hitting scrutiny of defense intellectuals' inability to foresee the end of the cold war, government rhetoric on missile defense, official double standards about nuclear proliferation, and pork barrel politics in the nuclear weapons complex. Overall, the book assembles a disturbing picture of the ways in which the military-industrial complex has transformed our public culture and personal psychology in the half century since we entered the nuclear age.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816638604
ISBN-10: 0816638608
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 150mm x 18mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson is associate professor of anthropology and science studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor of public policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War (1996) and coeditor of Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities, and the Production of Danger (Minnesota, 1999). Lynne Cheney's American Council of Trustees and Alumni named him one of the most dangerous intellectuals in the United States today.

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