THE NATIONS: The Year of the Bullbat

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Convalescence is a nervous time, exuberant, but shot through with real and fancied dangers; a frustrating time, irrational, irascible and full of hope. The world of 1946 was convalescent.

The U.S. Army sent a radar impulse to the moon, heard it bounce back. This was the farthest stretch of human communication. It said nothing whatever.

¶ The U.S. was still (in uneasy probability) the only nation armed with the atomic bomb; the U.S. Army & Navy, before demonstrating it at Bikini, ordered a survey of caves for use in the day...

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