Hollywood, Film & Politics
Chapter 11: Hollywood Confronts Nuclear War and Global Terrorism
“The discovery of nuclear chain reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind any more than the discovery of matches. We only must do everything in our power to safeguard against its abuses.” —Albert Einstein “Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century.… As a nuclear power—as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon—the United States has a moral responsibility to act.” —President Barack Obama, April 2009 An exchange of dialogue between a California couple awakened from a sound sleep: Wife: “What’s that?” Husband: “Oh, go back to sleep. It’s only an atomic bomb test.” Wife: “All right. I was afraid one of the kids had fallen out of bed.” 1952 issue of the Reader’s Digest In accepting the Nobel Prize, French philosopher and World War II resistance fighter Al- bert Camus referred to the 20th century as the “century of fear” due to the new weapon of mass destruction—the atom bomb. August 6, 1945, is often cited as the beginning of the nuclear age when “Little Boy,” the code name for the uranium bomb, was dropped on Hi- roshima. Three days later, “Fat Man,” the plutonium bomb, leveled Nagasaki and persuaded the Japanese to surrender, thus bringing World War II to its conclusion. The atomic era actually began three years earlier when President Roosevelt gave ap- proval in 1942 to the...
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