The Beginning Or the End

Greg Mitchell's The Beginning or the End chronicles the first efforts of American media and culture to process the Atomic Age.

The Beginning Or the End

The Beginning Or the End

The shocking and significant story of how the White House and Pentagon scuttled an epic Hollywood production. "Greg Mitchell is the best kind of historian, a true storyteller." --Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out to make a movie studio chief Louis B. Mayer called "the most important story" he would ever film: a big budget dramatization of the Manhattan Project and the invention and use of the revolutionary new weapon. Over at Paramount, Hal B. Wallis was ramping up his own film version. His screenwriter: the novelist Ayn Rand, who saw in physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer the model for a character she was sketching for Atlas Shrugged. Greg Mitchell's The Beginning or the End chronicles the first efforts of American media and culture to process the Atomic Age. A movie that began as a cautionary tale inspired by atomic scientists aiming to warn the world against a nuclear arms race would be drained of all impact due to revisions and retakes ordered by President Truman and the military--for reasons of propaganda, politics, and petty human vanity (this was Hollywood). Mitchell has found his way into the lofty rooms, from Washington to California, where it happened, unearthing hundreds of letters and dozens of scripts that show how wise intentions were compromised in favor of defending the use of the bomb and the imperatives of postwar politics. As in his acclaimed Cold War true-life thriller The Tunnels, he exposes how our implacable American myth-making mechanisms distort our history.

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The Beginning Or the End
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Greg Mitchell
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher:

The shocking and significant story of how the White House and Pentagon scuttled an epic Hollywood production. "Greg Mitchell is the best kind of historian, a true storyteller." --Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out
The Beginning Or the End
Language: en
Pages: 23
Authors: Greg Mitchell
Categories: Motion picture programs
Type: BOOK - Published: 1947 - Publisher:

Souvenir program. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents the global premiere of "The Beginning or The End," starring Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, with Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn. Screen play by Frank Wead, original story by Robert Considine, directed by Norman Taurog, produced by Samuel Marx. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture.
The End of the Beginning, and the Beginning of the End. A Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury
Language: en
Pages: 47
Authors: William Palmer (Baptist minister.)
Categories: Motion picture programs
Type: BOOK - Published: 1870 - Publisher:

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History of Holland, from the Beginning of the Tenth to the End of the Eighteenth Century
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Charles Maurice Davies
Categories: Netherlands
Type: BOOK - Published: 1844 - Publisher:

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Gordon Matta-Clark: The Beginning of Trees and the End
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Gordon Matta-Clark
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-06-14 - Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Documenting the artist’s extraordinary accomplishments as a draftsman, this publication originates from the 2015 solo presentation at David Zwirner, New York, entitled Energy & Abstraction, organized in close collaboration with Jane Crawford and Jessamyn Fiore from the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. Well known for his radical “anarchitectural” interventions throughout the

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