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Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir
by Leonard Bird
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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Dec 25, 2013 Emily Crow rated it it was amazing
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