• Introduction: Launching the Sixties
  • 1. Spaceship Earth: Civil Rights and NASA’s War on Poverty
  • 2. Shooting (from) the Moon: NASA, Nature, and the New Left during the Vietnam War Era
  • 3. Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Cape Canaveral and Whole Earth Environmentalism
  • 4. Heavenly Bodies: “Manned Spaceflight” and the Women’s Movement
  • 5. The New Right’s Stuff : The Hippie Counterculture and the Rise of the Conservative Crescent
  • Conclusion: Grounding the Space Race
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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Jacket: Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, by James L. Nolan, Jr., from Harvard University Press

Remembering Hiroshima

On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. James L. Nolan Jr.’s grandfather was a doctor who participated in the Manhattan Project, and he writes about him in Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, an unflinching examination of the moral and professional dilemmas faced by physicians who took part in the project. Below, please find the introduction to Nolan’s book. On the morning of June 17, 1945, Captain James F. Nolan, MD, boarded a plane