About Duck and Cover, Growing Up in the Atomic Age
“This is a marvelous book, wonderfully written, touching, & hilarious! I was hooked by page three.”–Daniel Pritchett, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Duck and Cover is a time machine to the Atomic Age, filled with humor, joy, fears, and sadness. Ultimately, it is a memoir of a generation. And despite the subtitle, ‘Growing up in the Atomic Age,’ Philips assures readers that the experimental radium doses he received as a child did not contribute to his growth or endow him with any superpowers…yet.
Learn More About The Author
William C. Philips was born just two years after the first atomic bomb test and spent quite a bit of his elementary school time hiding under desks, anticipating the nuclear war that was sure to come. After the “all clear” was sounded, so to speak, and the fear of an atomic war ended, Philips moved on to higher education and received two degrees from the University of Delaware and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Although teaching was his primary profession, he also worked as a farmhand, adventure tour guide, legislative assistant, and researcher in Antarctica. Some readers may recognize him as the founder and administrator of several Facebook groups, including “Golden Age of Travel 1830-1955” and “Duck and Cover, Growing Up in the Atomic Age.”