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Waiting for the End of the World

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Where will you go when the trouble starts? For countless people around the world, the answer is that bomb shelter down in the basement. In fact, people from around the work have been building shelters to protect themselves from catastrophe -- natural disaster, war, nuclear events -- for centuries. Waiting for the End of the World is photographer Richard Ross's journey into ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Princeton Architectural Press
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jess
Dec 31, 2012 jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This book is a series of photographs of shelters from around the world, with a little bit of writing and introduction of each shelter. These people are ready for bombs, chemicals and nuclear blasts. There is also a delightful interview with the author by Sarah Vowell. My favorite quote from the interview was, "I think if there were a real nuclear exchange, the survivors would be Bush, Cheney, some Israelis, the Swiss, the Mormons, and assorted insects - a curious mixture." And Sarah Vowell talks ...more
Kirsti
Mar 08, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it
Richard Ross is known for his photographs of temples and churches, but he decided to do a book of bomb shelters.

It's fascinating--most are forgotten and crumbling, some have become museums or clubs or squats, one is a data storage facility, and a few are still well-maintained.

Most interesting: Switzerland requires that there be shelters for 110 percent of the population. Also, a bunker for the U.S. House and Senate was disguised as a hotel called Greenbriar. The secret wasn't revealed until 1992
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Brandon Mason
Nov 11, 2009 Brandon Mason rated it it was amazing
A birthday gift from Casey! This book collects photos of shelters from around the world and throughout history: from Hittite shelters built 4000 years ago in Turkey to the Cold War bunker hidden under a luxury West Virginia hotel and meant to hold all of Congress to the shelters still required to be built in every Swiss home. Small blurbs accompany the photos. It really gives you insight into the human urge for survival!
Joe
Jun 29, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
Super rad pictures. Wish they were bigger...the book itself isn't very large and the photos are even still smaller. The introduction interview (with Sarah Vowell) is great. Such weird architectural achievements...typically seeing man made artifices in ruins is depressing, but in this case it means humanity has not yet been annihilated...so, yay?
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Feb 14, 2015 Russell rated it liked it
If you enjoy reading historical accounts of the development of nuclear weapons, this is the other side. Most people came to believe the Mutual Assured Destruction strategy made bomb shelters unnecessary, but apparently not everyone got that message.
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Sep 27, 2014 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Interesting photo book of bomb shelters around the world for folks convinced the end of the world is coming, usually in the form of nuclear apocalypse. I love this kind of doom and gloom. Very stark and simple photographs, my favorite kind.
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I would soooo love to have these under my house!!!
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