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008    200306s2020    nyua     b    001 0 eng   
010      2020010651 
020    9781620975732|q(hardcover) 
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092    791.4372|bMIT 
100 1  Mitchell, Greg,|d1947-|eauthor. 
245 14 The beginning or the end :|bhow Hollywood-and America-
       learned to stop worrying and love the bomb /|cGreg 
264  1 New York :|bThe New Press,|c2020. 
300    xvii, 275 pages :|billustrations ;|c23 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and 
520    "Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and 
       Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out to make a movie studio chief
       Louis B. Mayer called "the most important story" he would 
       ever film: a big budget dramatization of the Manhattan 
       Project and the invention and use of the revolutionary new
       weapon. Over at Paramount, Hal B. Wallis was ramping up 
       his own film version. His screenwriter: the novelist Ayn 
       Rand, who saw in physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer the model
       for a character she was sketching for Atlas Shrugged. Greg
       Mitchell's The Beginning or the End chronicles the first 
       efforts of American media and culture to process the 
       Atomic Age. A movie that began as a cautionary tale 
       inspired by atomic scientists aiming to warn the world 
       against a nuclear arms race would be drained of all impact
       due to revisions and retakes ordered by President Truman 
       and the military-for reasons of propaganda, politics, and 
       petty human vanity (this was Hollywood). Mitchell has 
       found his way into the lofty rooms, from Washington to 
       California, where it happened, unearthing hundreds of 
       letters and dozens of scripts that show how wise 
       intentions were compromised in favor of defending the use 
       of the bomb and the imperatives of postwar politics. As in
       his acclaimed Cold War true-life thriller The Tunnels, he 
       exposes how our implacable American myth-making mechanisms
       distort our history"--|cProvided by publisher. 
630 00 Beginning or the end (Motion picture) 
650  0 Motion pictures|xProduction and direction|zUnited States
       |xHistory|y20th century. 
650  0 Motion picture industry|xPolitical aspects|zUnited States
       |xHistory|y20th century. 
650  0 Motion pictures in propaganda|zUnited States|xHistory
       |y20th century. 
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