CIVIL DEFENSE: Against the Silent Killer

The U.S. war plan assumes that the U.S. will suffer the first blow in any major nuclear war. It counts on the expectation that the nation will not only survive the first onslaught but will have the military strength to launch a massive counter-strike and the morale to get the nation back on its feet. Yet, despite the urgent recommendations of the Gaither report, the Rockefeller defense report (TIME, Jan. 13, 1958) and most civil-defense experts, not a single city or state in the nation has a realistic nuclear-bomb shelter system—a system that on a national scale could save many...

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