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Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Between 1951 and 1962 the Atomic Energy Commission triggered some one hundred atmospheric detonations of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site. U.S. military troops who participated in these tests were exposed to high doses of radiation. Among them was a young Marine named Leonard Bird. In Folding Paper Cranes Bird juxtaposes his devastating experience of those atomic ex ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 30th 2005 by University of Utah Press
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Emily Crow
This is such a powerful book that, at times, I felt a bit stunned by it. Leonard Bird uses poetry and prose to describe his experiences as a Marine Sergeant, marching through radioactive dust in one of the military's nuclear tests, and his three trips to the Hiroshima Peace Park as he tries to come to terms with the horror of nuclear weapons. Even as his own health has suffered from the long-term effects of radiation exposure (including bone cancer), he struggles to find understanding and hope f ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Audrey rated it liked it
Numbing and in some parts, hard to read. That said, it did end with some element of hope.
Oct 03, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
I would have rated this more highly, however, I thought the writing was poor. The content was fascinating and disturbing
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Sep 08, 2007 Jeffrey Tigchelaar rated it it was amazing
met this amazing man at a writers conference. had no idea of his story until i found this book much later... astonishing.
Sep 18, 2008 Randi added it
Loved this book. A very short, yet poignant book written by a professor emeritus of Fort Lewis College.
Oct 10, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: required-reading
First of all, atrocious cover.
Second, fantastic book.
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Shelves: non-fiction
Astonishing, horrific and hopeful all at once.
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