Friday, July 9, 2010

Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America by Tom Vanderbilt

I liked the idea of this book - the author visits Cold War sites and interprets them as archaeology. However, the author could not seem to decide if the book was geared toward an academic or lay audience and thus shifted uncomfortably between both. Some information was interesting (i.e., that suburban sprawl was partially due to decentralizing cities to protect against nuclear attack) but other parts were difficult to slog through.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: F595.3 .V36 2002
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Jennifer Bevan, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Rating: Somewhat Recommended

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