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Nuclear Disaster Preparedness and Civil Defense

A guide for current and historic US government resources on how to prepare for a nuclear attack or environmental emergency from West Chester University Libraries

Literature

Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank
(1959)
Call Number: 813.54 F828 A43

On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
(1957)
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Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O'Brien
(1974)
Call Number: J Obr
(Young Adult novel)

Warday, by Whitley Strieber & James W. Kunetka
(1984)
Call Number: 813.54 S917 W37

Fail Safe, by Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler
(1962)
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Roadside Picnic, by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
​(1972)
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Swan Song, by Robert McCammon
(1987)
Call Number: 813.54 M122m S93

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
(1959)
Call Number: 813.54 M652 C36

This Is the Way the World Ends, by James Morrow
(1986)
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Arc Lightby Eric L. Harry
(1994)

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Metro 2033, by Dmitry Glukhovsky
​(2005)
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One Second After, by William R. Forstchen
(2009)

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Trinity's Child, by William Prochnau
​(1983)

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When the Wind Blowsby Raymond Briggs
(1982)

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(Children's novel)

After the Bombby Gloria D. Miklowitz
​(1985)

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(Young Adult novel)

The Compound, by S. A. Bodeen
​(2008)

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(Young Adult novel)

Film

Five
(1951)
(The first film made that involves nuclear warfare and its aftermath)
Amazon link
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The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
(1959)
Amazon link
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On the Beach
(1959)
IMDB link
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On the Beach
(2000 remake)
IMDB link
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Rocket Attack U.S.A.
(1960)
Amazon link - (Amazon link to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version!)
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Fail Safe
(1964)
Available from the IMC:
IMC DVD 303.482 F161 2000
Netflix link (DVD) - Amazon link

Fail Safe
(2000 remake)
Netflix link (DVD)
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1974)
Available from the IMC:
IMC DVD 791.43 D756 2001
Netflix link (DVD) - Amazon link

The China Syndrome
(1979)
Netflix link (DVD) - Amazon link
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The Atomic Cafe
(1982)
Available from the IMC:
IMC DVD 793.921 A881 2002
Netflix link (DVD) - Amazon link

Testament
(1983)
Amazon link
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The Day After
(1983)
Available from the IMC:
IMC DVD 355.0217 D275 2004

By Dawn's Early Light
(1990)
Amazon Link
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Television

Atomic Attack
(1950)
Internet Archive link

The War Game
 
(1968)
Amazon link

Threads 
(1984)
Available on Region 2 DVD and on Vimeo

Jericho
(2006-2008)
Netflix link (streaming)- Amazon link

Games

The Fallout Series: 
(Fallout
, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, and Fallout 76)
Latest release: 2018
PlatformsDOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android
http://fallout.bethsoft.com/

The Metro series:
(Metro 2033 and
 Metro: Last Light)
Latest release: 2013
PlatformsMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360
http://www.metrothegame.com/en-us/

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57451652

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Latest release: 2009
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
http://www.stalker-game.com/

DEFCON
Latest release: 2007
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
http://www.introversion.co.uk/defcon/

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