This is a counter-point to technological improvements to cars along to the "revolution" of the suburbs. There were cars before and after WWI, yet the progress was slow. What was new was the explosive power 1000x with nuclear fission in WWII. Not to be confused, suburbia would have happened naturally but it accelerated when our demise was a possibility. (think Star Trek: Genesis).
So, let me get this straight. You want to have a car, a house, and work 8 hours when before you were struggling for jobs, living in a tenement house, and working 10-12 hour days or 8 hours if lucky, hmm.. (some rich farmers out there - never have to work again..)
OT: a atomic blast is survivable. Look at this pic below. Notice how close they are to the mushroom. And given that some nukes are duds, the missile may fail to reach it's target or the bomber gets intercepted.
Link: Part 2