Book Fight!

Tough love for literature

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

1 Comment

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).

As always, you can stream the show right here on our site, or download the mp3 file to listen to later. Or check us out in Apple podcasts, where you can subscribe (for free!) and catch up on older episodes. We’re also available on Spotify, Stitcher, or just about any other podcast app. If for some reason you can’t find us in your favorite app, please reach out and let us know!

If you like the show, please consider subscribing to our Patreon, which helps us make a bit of money each month and keep the show going. For just $5 a month, you’ll get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we visit some of the weirder, goofier corners of the literary world. Recently, that’s involved reading a paranormal romance novel, the debut novel of Jersey Shore’s Snookie, and the novelization of the movie Battleship (yes, based on the popular board game).

Thanks for listening!

Stream Episode 277:

Download Episode 277

Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s