The Day We Bombed Utah
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Day We Bombed Utah

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Day We Bombed Utah, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Day We Bombed Utah

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 89)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jeannie
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
Jen Ozburn
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
David Bales
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
Merry
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.
Mrobison
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.
Painting
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!
K1
And this one I read in college. Fascinating look at the effect of nuclear testing.
Mommywest
Aug 02, 2011 Mommywest marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My mom is a "downwinder," and my dad found this book and recommended it to me.
Del Lunde
shockingly apparent how we get lied to by our government
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Chilling, and it had an effect in New York, too!
Del
Del marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2014
Shane Boudreaux
Shane Boudreaux marked it as to-read
May 27, 2014
Absurdnerd
Absurdnerd marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2014
Samantha Glasser
Samantha Glasser marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2014
Tonya
Tonya marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2014
Chris Keslar
Chris Keslar marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2014
Jeffrey Carpenter
Jeffrey Carpenter marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2014
Ellen
Ellen marked it as to-read
Nov 21, 2013
Carol
Carol marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2013
Estela Anders
Estela Anders marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2013
Sharon
Sharon marked it as to-read
Oct 19, 2013
Krikor Arabian
Krikor Arabian marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2013
Candace
Candace marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2013
Laura
Laura marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2013
Allison
Allison marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2013
Stephanie Bartlow
Stephanie Bartlow marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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...more
More about John Grant Fuller Jr....
The Ghost Of Flight 401 The Day of St. Anthony's Fire The Interrupted Journey Two Lost Hours Aboard A Flying Saucer We Almost Lost Detroit Fever!: The Hunt for a New Killer Virus

Share This Book