The Missile Next Door by Gretchen Heefner
The Minuteman in the American Heartland

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In the 1960s the Air Force buried 1,000 ICBMs in pastures across the Great Plains to keep U.S. nuclear strategy out of view. As rural civilians of all political stripes found themselves living in the Soviet crosshairs, a proud Plains individualism gave way to an economic dependence on the military-industrial complex that still persists today.
 

About Gretchen Heefner

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Gretchen Heefner is Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern University.
 
Published September 10, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Heefner’s first book tells the history of the placement in the 1960s of 1,000 nuclear-weapons-armed missiles across the American Great Plains, “scattered like buckshot in American farm fields.” Sure that a “missile gap” spelled doom for the United States, a massive national effort began to assu...

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Heefner’s impressive first book focuses on the ways in which the government and the Air Force controlled the press and sold the public on storing 1,000 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles throughout the flyover states.

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