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American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War

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A poignant collection of photographs which records the devastating effects of the United States government's mendacious and reckless nuclear testing program on the men, women, children, animals, and landscape of the American continent.
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Published May 10th 1994 by Random House (first published March 10th 1993)
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May 12, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
An oral history of Americans involved in and affected by America's nuclear testing program, as told in their own words. This includes pilots who flew through mushroom clouds, personnel on the ground facilitating experiments, and people living downwind from nuclear tests. "Downwinders" include people in St. George, Utah, just across the state line from the Nevada Proving Grounds to a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytech in Upstate NY who measured radioactive fallout on campus from a Nevada test. ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Listen, this book is amazing and important. Not such a big fan of the victim blaming in her prologue, and to some extent throughout the book. I thought Zimbardo and Milgram showed that the majority of people are obedient and deferent to what they perceive to be figures of authority? It's not just a "Mormon" thing.

The whole idea of the IRB is that the onus of responsible research is on the researchers, NOT on the test subjects (obviously, as in this case, when they are not informed and not conse
Dec 31, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about the after-effects of American nuclear test sites, specifically the Nevada test site. This book focuses on the stories of individuals that worked at the site and those downwinders affected by the fallout. With heartbreaking stories and beautiful black and white photography, Gallagher has preserved a part of history that the U.S. government has tried to silence and cover up. The nuclear fallout from the Nevada test site alone stretches across the nation. It affects us all.
Nov 08, 2008 Ken rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: McCain supporters, Reagan-lovers, Ike-likers
I'd never heard of this book before last week. I bought it on impulse at the San Francisco Public Library and, over the next few days, it turned my heart to fucking ice.

It's probably the finest "why the hell didn't anyone tell me about this?" document I've ever read. Just absolutely brain-destroying. I DARE you to love the US government after reading it.
You can't look at "your" government the same way after seeing how many of your fellow Americans' lives were written off for the sake of weapons testing.
I couldn't finish this book. It was amazing and well-written -- but it was utterly too emotionally draining and depressing. The accompanying photographs merely made it all to real to deal with. The devastating cancer cases, the frustrating government cover-up, the atomic fall-out cloud treated as evening was just too much to absorb. Everyone should know this about our government -- they sponsored atomic tests on their own citizens -- on our parents, on you and me -- for years, ...more
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Sep 29, 2015 G Scott rated it it was amazing
this book is a must. i knew the fallout from all those tests in the 50's/60's/70's/80's on southern utah was bad but i had no freakin' idea just how bad it was. ms. gallagher brings these poor peoples sufferings uncomfortably close. don't want to look away.
Feb 12, 2009 Joshlyn rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book because my grandpa worked at the NV test site as a surveyor during the late 50's, early 60's, when above ground testing was going on. This book was horrifying. I can't believe the widespread effects on Southern Utah and Nevada.
Jan 16, 2008 Ellen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My oncologist recommended this one.
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