The Bomb for My Pillow


  • The Manhattan Project and the Ethics of the Atomic Bomb
    A brief description of the project by Lowell Bradford, a security consultant, accompanied by a useful list of links leading to more information. Thanks to Emily for informing us of this resource.

  • Voices of the Manhattan Project is "a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families".

  • The Melted Dog: Memories of an Atomic Childhood by Judith Miller
    The author recounts her childhood experiences of living only 65 miles from the Nevada Test Site. A NY Times article published March 30, 2005.

  • The COLD WAR — Wilson Center archives.
    "The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) has amassed a tremendous collection of archival documents on the Cold War era from the once secret archives of former communist countries."

  • CNN's Cold War series
    From September 1998 to April 1999 CNN aired a 24-part television series on the cold war, and created an online site to accompany the series. It was re-aired in January 2014. See also the Wikipedia article on the series.

  • The Atomic Archive
    A commercial site which "explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb."

  • Photos & Films of Nuclear Explosions
    A collection from the U. S. Department of Energy, available from the Nevada Test Site Library. See also their YouTube page.

  • Artists' Depictions of Nuclear Tests
    A collection of art depicting the nuclear test explosions at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, part of the art collection of the Naval Historical Center. The story of what happened to the people who lived on Bikini Atoll may be found at the Bikini Atoll website

  • A Brief History of Civil Defense
    A brief history of civil defense can be found in the middle of a short article entitled "You're on Your Own — Again" by Peter Amacher in the May/June 2003 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This article was once freely accessible, but now seems to be only accessible at a minimum cost of $32 at the Sage website! I keep this link here in hopes that you'll write to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and urge them to keep all of their past issues freely accessible. (Some older issues -- Nov. 1998 and older -- can be read at Google books.)

  • Kennedy's Fallout Shelter Program
    A brief description by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the fallout shelter program started by President Kennedy in 1961. If this link fails, search for "Vignette 035" on their

  • Cold War Civil Defense Museum
    A website containing photos of many old civil defense posters and other information on civil defense during the cold war era.

  • The Fallout Shelter
    An excerpt, with drawings, from a December, 1961 Department of Defense booklet Fallout Protection - What to Know and Do About Nuclear Attacks, from the website.

  • The Family Fallout Shelter
    A PDF copy of a 1959 U.S. government brochure which discusses the advantage of fallout shelters and gives plans for building your own fallout shelter in your basement, from the website.

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
    This site at the National Security Archive at George Washington University has many interesting documents, including declassified government papers, photographs, and audio clips.

  • When an A-Bomb Misfires
    The account of an A-Bomb misfire that Gregg describes his sixth-grade teacher reading in class is probably an article by Robert Cahn in the August 9, 1952 issue of Collier's magazine: "When an A-Bomb Misfires". A copy is available at

If you have any other educational links to suggest, please email me,

- last revised September 21, 2014 -