[BOOKS] ✪ The Missile Next Door ✴ Gretchen Heefner – Techotechies.us

The Missile Next Door Between 1961 And 1967 The United States Air Force Buried 1,000 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles In Pastures Across The Great Plains The Missile Next Door Tells The Story Of How Rural Americans Of All Political Stripes Were Drafted To Fight The Cold War By Living With Nuclear Missiles In Their Backyards And What That Story Tells Us About Enduring Political Divides And The Persistence Of Defense Spending.By Scattering The Missiles In Out Of The Way Places, The Defense Department Kept The Chilling Calculus Of Cold War Nuclear Strategy Out Of View This Subterfuge Was Necessary, Gretchen Heefner Argues, In Order For Americans To Accept A Costly Nuclear Buildup And The Resulting Threat Of Armageddon As For The Ranchers, Farmers, And Other Civilians In The Plains States Who Were First Seduced By The Economics Of War And Then Forced To Live In The Soviet Crosshairs, Their Sense Of Citizenship Was Forever Changed Some Were Stirred To Dissent Others Consented But Found Their Proud Plains Individualism Giving Way To A Growing Dependence On The Military Industrial Complex Even Today, Some Communities Express Reluctance To Let The Minutemen Go, Though The Air Force No Longer Wants Them Buried In The Heartland.Complicating A Red State Blue State Reading Of American Politics, Heefner S Account Helps To Explain The Deep Distrust Of Government Found In Many Western Regions, And Also An Addiction To Defense Spending Which, For Many Local Economies, Seems Inescapable.

[BOOKS] ✪ The Missile Next Door  ✴ Gretchen Heefner – Techotechies.us
  • Hardcover
  • 294 pages
  • The Missile Next Door
  • Gretchen Heefner
  • English
  • 16 June 2017
  • 9780674059115

10 thoughts on “The Missile Next Door


  1. says:

    I recently read Command and Control Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser, in which he detailed US nuclear policy from 1945 to present, as well as discussed the safety of these weapons from accidents in the context of the Damascus, AR accident I was very engaged by his writing and wanted to learn While reviewing titles at my library, I noticed this book, The Missile Next Door, and decided to give it a shot In the end, I wish I had just stuck with Schlosser s book I m not sure how much to trust the claims of The Missile Next Door, which appears to be largely the content of Heefner s PhD thesis Inaccuracies abound such as 1 a claim the War Department was temporary until post WWII while the War Department existed continuously since the days of the Articles of Confederation and from 1886 to 1947 the Secretary of War was third in the presidential line of succession a far cry from a temporary department.2 discussing the relative frequency of Broken Arrow events in the US nuclear arsenal during the Cold War The issue is not that the frequency was not relatively high but rather the fact that broken arrow events are accidental events involving nuclear weapons that DOE...


  2. says:

    not sure if the problem was lack of content to support the authors viewpoint but if you re not a farmer and don t have a minuteman missile in your yard, it s hard to swallow.yes, the American defense establishment is unnecessarily large yes, American has been militaristic since at least WWII, and perhaps even the 1770 s depending on your ...


  3. says:

    Gretchen Heefner s The Missile Next Door gives a nice background on the Minuteman missiles and their widespread deployment in the upper Midwest and Western states While I clearly remember the Cold War and the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction, the details about the location, extent, and how the missiles came to be buried in rural areas in these States is not a topic I d ever thought about very much So from that perspective, I found there were some interesting tidbits in the book, just not enough to keep me fully engrossed One interesting question the book does make you think about, is how did the government military convince farmers and ranchers across the heartland of the Country to give up parcels of their property for placement of these missiles In today s lawsuit crazy and not in my backyard era, when people agree they need services, as long as those power plants or other necessities of daily life are placed in somebody else s neighborhood, it seems miraculous that these weapons ever were put in place Knowing you re living in the cross hairs should war break out, or even in peace, living with nuclear weapons in their neighborhood, is remarkable given today s mindset Those issues, along with the high cost of the missile program and the Cold War are things Heefner does highlight Of course, not everyone was pleased by the placement of the missiles, and many grew dissatisfied with the government handling of the dismantling of the silos, and those personal st...


  4. says:

    This is a fascinating read about how the farmers and ranchers of the Great Plains were induced to accept Minuteman missiles into their backyards, hay fields, and grazing lands Ms Heefner makes the argument that this process, while it encouraged a populist response to the government, it ultimately made it easier to accept the logic of the national security state.Ms Heefner believes that federal dollars dedicated to national security are actually a form of welfare because those dollars are the sole economic bulwark of communities with military bases She believes that those federal dollars would be better spent in the cause of social justice or policies aimed at welfare, education, etc I would like to point out that, while both types of outlays of federal monies could be termed welfare, military related outlays bolster the economy dollars spent that way support long term, high paying jobs that generate the ver...


  5. says:

    This was an excellent book to read after my tour of the Minuteman missile and control sites near Wall, SD a few weeks ago Great history of the program AND the local feelings, on both sides of the issue, about having nuclear missiles buried on your privately owned property.


  6. says:

    half way into audiobook and its still talking about getting land boring.


  7. says:

    Despite the Air Force and contractors spinning the new missile defense system as the Minuteman and characterizing missileers as good, white collar technocrats with briefcases, the government found that New England could rally protests and midwestern areas had farmers and ranchers unthrilled with losing key acreages and access to their land Thus, the military and the government had to engage with rural people community outreach, emphasis that they were the frontline of the Cold War, infusions of cash into the local economies Heefner pieces together the propaganda and the official version, as well as the angry landowners, the community meetings, the political wheeling and dealing and the fun unleashed with the Environmental Protection Act forced the military to open it s records for public comment I was very familiar with Mountain Home ...


  8. says:

    This book covers the history of the Minuteman missile the west and mid western United States Focus is on the ranchers and farmers who had Minuteman silos installed on their property The book discusses the impact ...


  9. says:

    A fascinating study of the relationship between mid westerners and the nuclear deterrent force Heefner has much to say about the absorption of militarism and its values by traditional rural people, and offers insights into the economic and patriotic motivations that made it possible T...


  10. says:

    Are you considered with nuclear weapons of mass destruction I am so i read this book Some will say it is too left leaning and some will say it does not go far enough if you want to understand how the cold war affect America s heartland for 30 years, it s really good if you want a better understanding of how we got so many nukes and what happened to them it s kind of good too Overall, I gave it three stars because I learned a great deal about the cold war but I wanted to really un...

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