• Anglais Bomboozled

    Susan Roy

    Conceived by a misguided government seeking to quiet the fears of an anxious public, the concept of the «Family Fallout Shelter» was Cold War paranoia at its finest, a massive bit of «propaganda by architecture» that has no more truth behind it than the absurd notion of «duck and cover.» Inundated with government-sponsored films, posters, booklets, traveling caravans and exhibitions, the American family bought into the idea, investing millions of dollars in home shelters of every conceivable material and design. Bomboozled charts the panic-fueled evolution of the shelter from a well-stocked basement pantry to a full-fledged (and often completely decorated) home addition, laying bare the buried truths of America's family fallout shelter obsession.