August 17, 2020
Shortly after the American nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, certain people in Hollywood decided that those events would make a great script for a film. What followed was a long series of craziness as people like President Truman, General Groves, the many scientists of the Manhattan Project, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ayn Rand and many others took turns crafting the script to suit their agendas. It’s a tale worthy of a Pynchon novel, but it’s all true. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, historian, editor GREG MARSHALL about his new book: THE BEGINNING OR THE END: HOW HOLLYWOOD-AND AMERICA-LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB.