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Counting the Costs of the Nuclear Age

Journal Article


Abstract


  • America’s NBC radio was suitably dramatic in its report of the atomic bombing

    of Hiroshima. ‘Anglo-Saxon science has developed a new explosive 2,000 times

    as destructive as any known before’, it announced. The broadcaster went on to

    warn that ‘For all we know, we have created a Frankenstein! We must assume that

    with the passage of only a little time, an improved form of the new weapon we

    use today can be turned against us.’As things turned out, the United States had

    indeed created a nuclear monster, which consumed huge amounts of public

    resources and quickly grew to threaten the very existence of humanity.

    Throughout the Cold War, the true costs and dangers of the nuclear age were

    hidden behind a veil of secrecy. However, recent years have seen far greater

    access to archival and interview material on this highly sensitive area of national

    security. This, in turn, has enabled scholars to construct a far more accurate and

    terrifying picture of the dangers faced in the nuclear age. Now with Atomic

    audit we also have a better idea of how much it cost: $5.8 trillion for the

    American taxpayer alone.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 1999, 'Counting the Costs of the Nuclear Age', International Affairs: promoting dialogue between academics and policy-makers, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 121-128.

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 128

Volume


  • 75

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • America’s NBC radio was suitably dramatic in its report of the atomic bombing

    of Hiroshima. ‘Anglo-Saxon science has developed a new explosive 2,000 times

    as destructive as any known before’, it announced. The broadcaster went on to

    warn that ‘For all we know, we have created a Frankenstein! We must assume that

    with the passage of only a little time, an improved form of the new weapon we

    use today can be turned against us.’As things turned out, the United States had

    indeed created a nuclear monster, which consumed huge amounts of public

    resources and quickly grew to threaten the very existence of humanity.

    Throughout the Cold War, the true costs and dangers of the nuclear age were

    hidden behind a veil of secrecy. However, recent years have seen far greater

    access to archival and interview material on this highly sensitive area of national

    security. This, in turn, has enabled scholars to construct a far more accurate and

    terrifying picture of the dangers faced in the nuclear age. Now with Atomic

    audit we also have a better idea of how much it cost: $5.8 trillion for the

    American taxpayer alone.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 1999, 'Counting the Costs of the Nuclear Age', International Affairs: promoting dialogue between academics and policy-makers, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 121-128.

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 128

Volume


  • 75

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom