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The Winged and Garlanded Nike
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Feb.05.2008
  • 9781587901430
  • Regent Press

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A rollicking but provocative saga across three decades of the Cold War. Similar in dynamics to California's "Gold Rush" were demographic, environmental and financial impacts from the trillions of dollars the Department of Defense disbursed into California during the Cold war. While the gold rush era was a frenzy of exploitation, the "defense rush" was the opposite - for a tidal wave of fortune poured into the State, and it became emblematic of what President Eisenhower called the "Military-Industrial Complex. This novel links these two exploitative times through Fernville, a town whose roots are from the 19th-century gold rush, but its sustenance is the 20-century missile rush – and its characters, despite distractions of romance and mystery over thirty years, cannot ignore the glint from gold and the shadow cast by uranium.The novel takes...
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A rollicking but provocative saga across three decades of the Cold War. Similar in dynamics to California's "Gold Rush" were demographic, environmental and financial impacts from the trillions of dollars the Department of Defense disbursed into California during the Cold war. While the gold rush era was a frenzy of exploitation, the "defense rush" was the opposite - for a tidal wave of fortune poured into the State, and it became emblematic of what President Eisenhower called the "Military-Industrial Complex. This novel links these two exploitative times through Fernville, a town whose roots are from the 19th-century gold rush, but its sustenance is the 20-century missile rush – and its characters, despite distractions of romance and mystery over thirty years, cannot ignore the glint from gold and the shadow cast by uranium.The novel takes place in 1955 and 1986, two watershed years of the Cold War. Nike is an easy read in spite of its troll through the ugly years of the Cold War.

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Published Reviews

May.19.2009

“California’s Gold Rush began in the late 1840s. Through the 1950s, the lesser known defense industry rush went into full force. The Winged and Garlanded Nike is a novel linking the two rushes in their...

May.19.2009

The small fictitious California town of Fernville in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains was the beneficiary of the Defense Department's spending sprees over the thirty years that span this novel....