Survival City

Vanderbilt Tom
First published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.



On the road to Survival City, Tom Vanderbilt maps the visible and invisible legacies of the cold war, exhuming the blueprints for the apocalypse we once envisioned and chronicling a time when we all lived at ground zero. In this road trip among ruined missile silos, atomic storage bunkers, and secret test sites, a lost battleground emerges amid the architecture of the 1950s, accompanied by Walter Cotten's stunning photographs. Survival City looks deep into the national soul, unearthing the dreams and fears that drove us during the latter half of the twentieth century.

"A crucial and dazzling book, masterful, and for me at least, intoxicating."--Dave Eggers

"A genuinely engaging book, perhaps because [Vanderbilt] is skillful at conveying his own sense of engagement to the reader."--Los Angeles Times

"A retracing of Dr. Strangelove as ordinary life."--Greil Marcus, Bookforum

More Information
Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226846946
ISBN-13 9780226846941
GTIN-13 9780226846941
GTIN-14 09780226846941
Subtitle Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
Author Vanderbilt Tom
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 228
Publication Date Apr 14, 2010
Dimension 5.9 in 8.9 in 0.7 in