Taras Young

Hello! I am a writer, researcher and marketer based in Edinburgh with an interest in weird, hidden and forgotten history.


Nuclear War in the UK

Four Corners Books

Hardback, 128 pages, (heavily) illustrated in colour

My history of how Britain prepared for nuclear attack during the Cold War, including many previously-unseen documents.

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  • "A handsome book with excellent reproductions of rarely-seen material"
    ★★★★★ Fortean Times
  • "Might be my favourite book of the year"
    Sian Cain, Guardian Books
  • "I am LOVING this book of bleak civil defence and cold war porn"
    Ben Goldacre
  • "Full of wonderful, terrifying pictures ... I heartily recommend it to people who really don't want to sleep at night"
    Iain Lee
  • "I've read a lot of books on the subject, and this is hands down my favourite"
    Dan Vernon, Director, A British Guide to the End of the World (Arena/BBC Four)

How Not to Prepare for Nuclear War

History Today
Vol 70 No 1 (Jan 2020)

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Article looking at the genesis of, and reaction to the Protect and Survive public information campaign, and its impact on how subsequent British governments have communicated unthinkable threats.

Hun-Identified Flying Objects

Fortean Times
Issue 384 (October 2019)

Feature on the press-driven public hysteria over mysterious objects dropped by German aircraft in the First and Second World Wars.

How to Survive a Nuclear War: The York Experiment

History Today
'Miscellanies' online series

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The story of three women locked in a room for two days to simulate life under fallout conditions slowly losing their marbles.

Medics and the Bomb

Wellcome Collection
Nov 2018—May 2019
Three articles commissioned by the Wellcome Collection as part of War of Nerves: Psychological Landscapes of the Cold War, their joint exhibition with the Wende Museum (Los Angeles).