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Tara Young

Apocalypse Ready: The Manual of Manuals; a Century of Panic Prevention

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Apocalypse Ready: The Manual of Manuals; a Century of Panic Prevention

An expertly curated compilation of over one hundred years of officially published, step-by-step guides on how to deal with every kind of disaster imaginable, drawn from government archives around the world.

Global warming continues to cause extreme weather events and threatens to destroy the planet, while the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that disaster can manifest at any time. These and other possible impending catastrophes have caused rising levels of collective fear in nations around the world, and increasing demand for governments to plan, prepare, and avert calamity for its citizens. In Apocalypse Ready, Taras Young collects official survival and emergency documents from the United States to the Soviet Union offering essential survival tips and invaluable life-saving strategies for every possible cataclysmic eventuality.

Organized into four broad disaster-themed scenarios―“Pandemics,” “Natural Disasters,” “Nuclear War,” and “Alien Invasion”― this unique collection displays a plethora of questionable survival advice and scare tactics from all around the globe for response to every disaster scenario that has occurred or been imagined since the early twentieth century. Informative commentary by Young provides historical contexts for the official advice, exploring how our universal preoccupation with apocalypse has manifested globally, and explanatory captions clarify the messages contained in the survival documents.

750 illustrations

  • date of publication : 2022
  • language : EN
  • pages : 256
  • format : 24 x 17 x 3
  • ISBN : 9780500024317
  • publishers : Thames Hudson
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