Recommended Reading & Resources

edited January 3 in Atomic

Period alternate history



  • This is just a start. Please recommend additional readings and resources in the comments!

  • I like Stefan's Diesel City.

  • The unbuilt works of polish architect Oskar Hansen should be included here. In the Eastern Bloc the socialist paradise was supposed to be realised by 1980, and Hansen was one of the architects that was allowed to realize a few projects for this planned future. But most of his proposals was never built.

  • I have mentioned the other 3 in the Diesel section, as they are suited to that timeline, but I shall share this one here for those interested in black and white fashion catalog images of the era:

    Everyday Fashions of the Fifties, by JoAnne Olian, published by Dover Fashion and Costumes

  • edited September 2020

    Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg is a good resource on nuclear issues of the period, as are A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schreiver and the Ultimate Weapon by Neil Sheehan, Making the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, and The General vs. the President; MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H. W. Brands.

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