Book ID: CBB637613279

Camp Century: The Untold Story of America's Secret Arctic Military Base Under the Greenland Ice (2021)


Nielsen, Henry (Author)
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt (Author)

Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 352
Language: English

At the height of the Cold War, the United States Army secretly began work on a base embedded deep in the Greenland ice cap: Camp Century. Officially defined as a scientific research station, this facility had an undisclosed purpose: to aim up to 600 nuclear warheads, buried in the ice, at the Soviet Union. In 1966, just six years after the camp was established, the United States gave up this provocative strategy and abandoned the base. Despite its brief life, Camp Century has been the cause of controversies from diplomatic relations between the United States and its Arctic allies, Denmark and Greenland, to the risks of radioactive waste abandoned at the site.This book is the first comprehensive account of the U.S. Army’s “city under the ice.” Beginning with the Truman administration’s vision of military superiority in the Arctic and continuing through present-day concerns over the effects of climate change, Kristian H. Nielsen and Henry Nielsen unravel the extraordinary history of this clandestine installation. Drawing on sources including top-secret memos and never-before-seen photographic evidence, they follow the intertwining threads of high-level politics, ice-core research, media representations, daily life beneath the ice, and the specter of long-buried environmental problems that will one day resurface. Camp Century reveals a hidden chapter of Cold War history―and why, as the Greenland ice cap slowly melts, this story is not yet over.

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Review Antoine Bousquet (October 2022) Review of "Camp Century: The Untold Story of America's Secret Arctic Military Base Under the Greenland Ice". Technology and Culture (pp. 1234-1235). unapi

Review David M. Watry (2022) Review of "Camp Century: The Untold Story of America's Secret Arctic Military Base Under the Greenland Ice". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 101-103). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Martin-Nielsen, Janet
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt
Heymann, Matthias
Nielsen, Henry
Benjamin W. Goossen
Sapolsky, Harvey M.
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Journal of Cold War Studies
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
MIT Press
Temple University
Duquesne University
Harvard University
Science and war; science and the military
Cold War
Environmental sciences
Science and politics
Cross-national interaction
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Speeth, Sheridan Dauster
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
United States
Soviet Union
Polar regions
United States. Army
Strategic Defense Initiative
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; Partial Test Ban Treaty; Limited Test Ban Treaty (1963)
International Geophysical Year (IGY)

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