The Day We Bombed Utah
In May 1953, the Atomic Energy Commission conducted a "safe" nuclear test shot called "Dirty Harry" near St. George, Utah. Within a few days, more than 4,000 sheep were dead of a mysterious illness. Within a few years, a plague of cancer and birth defects had rippled through the area- a plague that may have caused the cancer-related deaths of John Wayne and over 100 other...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 10th 1985 by Signet
(first published 1984)
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Terrifying and bone-chilling true story of our governments cover up of all the nuclear testing conducted in Nevada and Utah and the aftermath on humans, animals and vegetation. This book should have been titled...When We Bombed Utah...since it was done from the 1950's and is probably still going on. This book scared the hell out of me, it laid it all out there in black and white. This book is not only very well written but also draws you in with personal stories of the people who lived and still...more
Jul 25, 2014 Jen Ozburn rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The Day We Bombed Utah makes a case against nuclear testing in the 1980s. By far, more U.S. citizens were killed and sickened in the Cold War by domestic nuclear testing than saved from foreign nuclear threats. Utah was especially effected, St. George and Cedar City in particular, with little to no preventative procedures to protect citizens from the dangers of fallout. This book was published in 1984 and so ends amidst increased legal action by Utahans who at that time were still without federa...more
A very readable 1984 classic by John Fuller about the horrific policies of the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. government's testing of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and '60s at the Nevada test site in southern Nevada, north of Las Vegas. The book starts in 1953 when the military started testing multiple-kiloton bombs that created huge amounts of fallout, (radioactive dust particles, dirt, etc.) that blew over parts of Nevada and Utah in dangerous amounts, killing sheep, cattle, horses, and...more
My trust in the US Government took a plunge. They allowed nuclear testing to take place that was putting many people in Utah and Nevada at great risk from the fallout all the while they promised them that it was safe. They knew better and hid reports and testimony from people who said it was dangerous. They continued the testing for over 20 years. Testing those dangerous bombs was more important than the health of the population.
The book is well worth reading.
The book is well worth reading.
Enlightening (no pun intended) read about the nuclear tests in the Nevada desert during the 1950s and 1960s which sickened and killed residents of Southern Utah. Though the book's conclusion (there was a conspiracy in the Atomic Energy Commission to hide the effects of radioactive fallout from the public) is demonstrably true, there is too little documentation of sources and the writing is often too dry and lifeless. A good first text on the subject, though.
Here is the sad and scary story of what happened to people and animals in the path of nuclear fallout during atomic bomb testing in Utah and Nevada from 1951-1969. Most of the story centers on the early propaganda about radiation exposure safety and the insidious cover-up that persisted for so long. I had no idea that some of the fallout rained down onto Albany and Troy, NY!
John Grant Fuller, Jr. (1913 - 1990) was a New England-based American author of several non-fiction books and newspaper articles, mainly focusing on the theme of extra-terrestrials and the supernatural. For many years he wrote a regular column for the Saturday Review magazine, called "Trade Winds". His three most famous books were The Ghost of Flight 401, Incident at Exeter, and The Interrupted Jo...moreMore about John Grant Fuller Jr....