My generation was taught to hide under our school desk in order to dodge “the Bomb”. Every school kid practiced civil defense drills, just like a fire drill. Evidently your average school desk is resistant to atomic rays.
This book contains lots of helpful advice, from wearing a hat to prevent radiation to calculating the body count from the bomb’s epicenter. Even with some grisly death counts, the author assures us that “authorities” will still be in charge and that nuclear war is survivable. So pack your Geiger counter and hat so you can be ready when “the big one” comes.
Hiding under my desk,
Submitter: I think this is an awful library book due to the cover, and was during the time of the cold war which I think is reflected in the cover and in the book. But I have to say that this book, The Atom Bomb, by David Killingray the title and author is just perfect. I get a laugh every time I think about it. I am a reference librarian in a small community college in a rural area.
Holly: Ha! Killingray!
A historical book about the atom bomb is perfectly reasonable for a community college, but one that treats it as history – or which includes nuclear weapon threats of today – would be better than one from 1980. Mary loves this cold war stuff. Send it to her.
Indeed, no one does want a nuclear war! That is still true today.
There’s no perfect way to talk to children about scary subjects. Maybe a book will help them wrap their little brains around the idea of nuclear war.
Then again, maybe it will give them nightmares.
This is the story of a brother and sister who are scared to death of nuclear war.