[EAS] Atomic Anniversary

Peter J. Kindlmann pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Fri Aug 12 22:53:36 EDT 2005

Now doubt you are aware that this is the 60th anniversary year of
the  beginning of the atomic age. Let me add two slightly offbeat
items to the many large official ones.

The shocking and perversely topical 1982 movie "The Atomic Cafe"
"The documentary "The Atomic Cafe" is a carefully-edited film
composed entirely of newsreel footage, military- and
defense-industry propaganda, and authoritative, cheerful narration."
It is available on DVD and good rental places should have it.
(from The Scout Report -- August 12, 2005)

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II : A Collection of Primary
Sources [pdf]
In timely fashion, the National Security Archive has released another of one
of its well-devised electronic briefing books for consideration by the
general public. This particular book is edited by William Burr and contains
77 declassified US government documents on the atomic bomb and the end of
the war in the Pacific theater of operations. As the site notes, "Interested
readers can see for themselves the crucial source material that scholars
have used to shape narrative accounts of the historical developments and to
frame their arguments about the questions that have provoked controversy
over the years."  As with previous electronic briefing books, each document
is complemented by a brief statement of its importance and general relevance
to this overall theme. Additionally, there are notes that contain detailed
bibliographic information of external sources used to expand on the details
for each document.

 From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.

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