- By David Krugler

This Is Only a Test: How Washington D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War

  • Title: This Is Only a Test: How Washington D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War
  • Author: David Krugler
  • ISBN: 9781403965547
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Is Only a Test How Washington D C Prepared for Nuclear War This Is Only a Test tells the history of nuclear age urban planning civil defense and continuity of government programs in one of the nation s most critical Cold War targets Washington D C Spanning

    This Is Only a Test tells the history of nuclear age urban planning, civil defense, and continuity of government programs in one of the nation s most critical Cold War targets Washington, D.C Spanning the years 1940 to 1962, This Is Only a Test uses Washington s often conflicting identities capital, city, and symbol to explore the connections between the attempted dispThis Is Only a Test tells the history of nuclear age urban planning, civil defense, and continuity of government programs in one of the nation s most critical Cold War targets Washington, D.C Spanning the years 1940 to 1962, This Is Only a Test uses Washington s often conflicting identities capital, city, and symbol to explore the connections between the attempted dispersal of vital government offices to distant suburban sites, the District s Office of Civil Defense, and the creation of the secretive Federal Relocation Arc Measures to protect the federal government resulted in a widening gap between capital and city, while the failures of the city s local program symbolized federal ambivalence toward civil defense This Is Only a Test shows how the Cold War affected Washington and its racially divided population.

    1 thought on “This Is Only a Test: How Washington D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War

    1. Solid read about civil defense efforts in the DC area from World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis. I learned about this book from reading Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself -- While the Rest of Us Die, which builds on this book's work and provides a lot more detail about the continuity of government efforts at Site R, the Greenbriar, and other sites.There's a lot of interesting tidbits for people who live in the DC area, including the challenges of buil [...]

    2. In many ways, this was an enlightening read to me. In several other ways, it was exactly what I expected it to bee story of attempting to tackle the impossible.

    3. Not bad. A bit dry: this book details seemingly every underground bunker within 100 miles of Washington. Despite this, it's fascinating to read of the evolution of civil defense from evacuation to dispersal to shelter and back again. Also, the book doesn't make one feel terribly confident of our chances had a nuke struck the capital during the Cold War or today.

    4. Couldn't finish this book. It seems to be something a professor put out so he could make tenure. Well-sourced, but shamelessly dry, repetitive, and not compelling, which is sad, as the book is about an interesting subject.

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