Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226846941 Published April 2010
E-book $7.00 to $17.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226846958 Published April 2010

Survival City

Adventures among the Ruins of Atomic America

Tom Vanderbilt

Survival City
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Tom Vanderbilt

240 pages | 80 halftones, 7 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226846941 Published April 2010
E-book $7.00 to $17.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226846958 Published April 2010

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

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

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