The Cold War On American Soil Essay

1571 Words Nov 28th, 2014 7 Pages
The idea that those who possess power can do as they choose is not new. This idea was proven true during the Cold War in the late 1950s and 1960s. In Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon, the Soviet Union was in deadlock with the United States for world domination. One false step by the American Air Force had disastrous repercussions for the citizens of the United States. Countless Soviet nuclear bombs were detonated on American soil, completely destroying everything of any significance to society (Frank). Tension had existed between the two superpowers of the era for several years before the publication of Alas, Babylon, yet several Americans refused to prepare themselves for the idea that everything could change in an instant. According to Richard A. Schwartz, the lack of civilian preparation for a nuclear attack was the result of neglect from popular culture of the 1950s. Schwartz believed it “had been a response to the horrifying nature of the subject, which would not appeal to viewers interested in escaping the stress of their daily work day, especially when there was so little they could do to eliminate the nuclear threat” (407). Although most Americans were unaware of the severity of the current situation, it did not prevent the inevitable nuclear war. The thirst for world domination has always had a prominent effect on society. If those who have power misuse it and are not responsible for their actions, everything the world once knew can change with the flash of the…

Related Documents