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Episode 277: “Preview of The War We Do Not Want,” from Collier’s Magazine, 1951

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In October 1951, Collier’s Magazine gave over an entire weekly issue to imagining a possible war with the Soviet Union and its aftermath. Perhaps in the midst of American Cold War anxiety, this issue seemed less patently insane. But to a modern reader it’s hard to fathom how Collier’s got more than twenty authors to embark on a project that feels like one part anti-communist propaganda and one part teenage war fantasy. You can read a PDF version of the entire issue here (and check out the sweet midcentury ads)

We talk about the magazine’s secretive project, which they dubbed “Operation Eggnog,” and the contributors’ odd conceptions of how a full-scale atomic war might play out.

Also this week: a special issue of Penthouse Magazine that imagined sex in outer space (while also previewing the launch of OMNI).

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One thought on “Episode 277: “Preview of The War We Do Not Want,” from Collier’s Magazine, 1951

  1. Pingback: Online: Collier’s WW3 & Shaft’s “Collera’s,” 1951-52 | Magazine Parody

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