Book ID: CBB001550030

The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland (2012)


Heefner, Gretchen (Author)

Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: 294 pp.; ill.; maps
Language: English

Between 1961-1967, the United States Air Force buried 1,000 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in pastures across the Great Plains. This book tells the story of how rural Americans of all political stripes were drafted to fight the Cold War by living with nuclear missiles in their backyards -- and what that story tells us about enduring political divides and the persistence of defense spending. By scattering the missiles in out-of-the-way places, the Defense Department kept the chilling calculus of Cold War nuclear strategy out of view. The author argues that this subterfuge was necessary in order for Americans to accept a costly nuclear buildup and the resulting threat of Armageddon. As for the ranchers, farmers, and other civilians in the Plains states who were first seduced by the economics of war and then forced to live in the Soviet crosshairs, their sense of citizenship was forever changed. Some were stirred to dissent. Others consented but found their proud Plains individualism giving way to a growing dependence on the military-industrial complex. Even today, some communities express reluctance to let the Minutemen go, though the Air Force no longer wants them buried in the heartland. Contents: Introduction: A strange new landscape -- Ace in the hole -- Selling deterrence -- The mapmakers -- Cold War on the range -- Nuclear heartland -- The radical plains -- Dismantling the Cold War -- Conclusion: Missiles and memory. Access: Link to external web site SUBJECT(S) Descriptor: Minuteman (Missile) Intercontinental ballistic missile bases -- United States -- History. Cold War -- Social aspects -- West (U.S.) Kernwaffe. Militärische Rakete. Ost-West-Konflikt. Geographic: West (U.S.) -- History, Military. Great Plains -- History, Military. Mittlerer Westen. Note(s): Includes bibliographical references and index. General Info: Other format available: Electronic resource Class Descriptors: LC: UG1312.I2; UG1312.I2; Dewey: 358.1/75482097309045 Responsibility: Gretchen Heefner. Vendor Info: Baker and Taylor Brodart YBP Library Services (BTCP BROD YANK) 35.00 Material Type: Internet resource (url) Document Type: Book; Internet Resource Date of Entry: 20120125 Update: 20140926 Accession No: OCLC: 774147921 Database: WorldCat

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Review Sturdevant, Rick W. (2014) Review of "The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland". Air Power History (p. 42). unapi

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Gordin, Michael D.
Baracca, Angelo
Schwartz, Norton A.
Jacobs, Robert Alan
Schwartz, Richard A.
Vanderbilt, Tom
Air Power History
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Cold War
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
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