ATOMIC ABCs

Behind the low-rolling smoke of battle in Korea looms the most terrifying of all war clouds: the topless mushroom of the atomic bomb. Will the Russians make an atom-bomb attack on the U.S.? If it comes, what is the defense? Is there any defense? Last week the Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Defense issued a 456-page volume, The Effects of Atomic Weapons* which gives the first official answers to some of these questions. In it are the ABCs of atomic disaster which every civil-defense planner—and every dweller in a target area—should know: what an atomic attack would mean, and...

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