Under the Mushroom Cloud

The Cold War has become this year’s hot media topic. Taylor Downing welcomes the chance to look more critically at the era of ‘mutually assured destruction’.

What do the following have in common: Tom Hanks’ latest film; the winner of the 2007 Regional Visitor Attraction of the Year Award; a Channel 4 programme broadcast earlier this year; and the V&A autumn exhibition? All of them popularize and explore the Cold War. Nearly twenty years after the Wall came down and the Iron Curtain went up, the Cold War has become fashionable.

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