Alert America!

The Atomic Bomb and “The Show That May Save Your Life”

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About the Book

To address the threat of an atomic-armed Soviet Union during the early days of the Cold War, President Truman approved the Alert America educational exhibit. Promoted as “The Show That May Save Your Life,” Alert America became the most effective way to convey the destructive power of the atomic bomb and to promote civil defense. Following the exhibit’s debut in the nation’s capital, it traveled in three separate convoys to more than eighty cities considered most likely to be bombed, and garnered unprecedented support from elected and civic officials, the media, the military, private industry, and myriad organizations. This is the first book to examine the scope and impact of Alert America, which has been largely overlooked by historians. Also included are resource materials providing insights into the government’s overriding objective of preparing men, women and children to survive an atomic war.

About the Author(s)

Editor and writer Michael Scheibach received his doctorate in American studies and taught history, humanities, and writing as an adjunct professor for several years. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Scheibach
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7804-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3659-7
Imprint: McFarland