Amazon, B&N and elsewhere (Apple, Google, Kobo). The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood--and America--Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was picked last week by Vanity Fair as one of the "21 Best Books of 2020" and has drawn raves elsewhere, such as at the Wall Street Journal and in this Esquire review by Charles P. Pierce.
Fifteen excerpts from the book have already appeared at Mother Jones, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Lit Hub, and Washington Monthly, among other outlets. The book reveals how President Truman and the military sabotaged the first movie drama about the creation and use of the atomic bomb, from MGM--adding falsehoods and a costly re-take of the crucial scene--and why that matters today. Order now. A sampling of (quite varied) blurbs:
“A fascinating, sharp-eyed study of Hiroshima’s cinematic aftershocks.
Mitchell expertly chronicles the gradual transformation of a gigantic,
and still-radiating, moral catastrophe.”
—Nicholson Baker, author of Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, and Double Fold, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
“This is an obvious ‘must buy’—especially if you are interested in WW2, cinema, or modern American history.”
—Rod Lurie, director of The Outpost (#1 movie in USA for July)
“A story of dishy Hollywood doings but with atomic bombs and a screenplay by Ayn Rand—what more could a reader ask for?”
—Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award