In this detailed and meticulously documented study, Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman explore the inner workings of one of the most important, prolific, and practically invisible centers of American Cold War film production. They show us the process through which the U.S. national security state came to picture its operations and also what these pictures, in turn, tell us about a transition over the decades from cinematic story-telling to cybernetic information streams. An impressive book about the Cold War image world, Lookout America also reflects on the challenges of researching a secret studio whose archive is as dispersed as nuclear fallout. A fascinating and hugely significant book!