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Attack Warning Red! Julie McDowall

Attack Warning Red! By Julie McDowall

Attack Warning Red! by Julie McDowall

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Attack Warning Red!: How Britain Prepared for Nuclear War by Julie McDowall

The first book to tell the story of day-to-day life on the nuclear home front - from the host of the #1 Apple podcast Atomic Hobo

'Thrilling and profoundly important' Juliet Nicolson, author of Frostquake

The atomic bombs of 1945 changed war forever. The awesome power of the blast and its deadly fallout meant that every town, village and home in Britain fell under the nuclear shadow, and the threat of annihilation coloured every aspect of ordinary life for the next forty years.

Families were encouraged to construct makeshift shelters with cardboard, plastic sheets and sandbags. Vicars and pub landlords learnt how to sound hand-wound sirens, offering four minutes to scramble to safety. Hospitals braced themselves and thousands volunteered to give nuclear first aid, often consisting of breakfast tea, herbal remedies, and advice on how to die without contaminating others. And while the public had to look after themselves, bunkers were readied for the officials and experts who would ensure life continued after the catastrophe.

Today we may read about the Cold War and life in Britain under the shadow of the mushroom cloud - its Dad's Army amateurism and futile measures for a war that was not survivable - with a sense of amusement and relief that the apocalypse did not happen. But it is also a timely and powerful reminder that, so long as nuclear weapons exist, the nuclear threat will always be with us.

'Impossible to believe, just as hard to put down. Urgent. Terrifying' Dan Snow, host of History Hit

Attack Warning Red! Reviews

Cracking * Sunday Telegraph *
So entertaining * The Times *
Impossible to believe, just as hard to put down. Urgent. Terrifying * Dan Snow, historian and host of History Hit *
Brilliant and unforgettable ... A beautifully writtern horror story and amazing work of research ... Julie McDowall has made the unreadable compulsive and the unthinkable thinkable, but above all this is a book that cherishes humanity in all its absurdity, intelligence, vulnerability, courage and, against all odds, belief in hope and survival * Juliet Nicolson, author of Frostquake *
Captivating, chilling, and at times darkly humorous. A fascinating insight into Britain's preparations for surviving Armageddon, and the ghastly reality of what the aftermath of a nuclear war would actually be like * Lewis Dartnell, author of The Knowledge *
Fascinating * Sir Lawrence Freedman, author of Command *
How to prepare for Armageddon? Julie McDowell has written the best exploration yet of how successive British administrations grappled with the challenge of living under the shadow of nuclear war, with depth, compassion and very necessary dark humour * Prof. Mark Galeotti, author of The Weaponisation of Everything *

About Julie McDowall

Julie McDowall is a freelance journalist and book critic specialising in the nuclear threat. Her writing has appeared in The Times, Economist, Spectator, Guardian, TLS, Prospect and Independent, and she is also the host of the Atomic Hobo podcast in which she reveals findings in the nuclear archives and reports on her travels to nuclear bunkers and other Cold War sites.

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Attack Warning Red!: How Britain Prepared for Nuclear War by Julie McDowall
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