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The Day We Bombed Utah

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  12 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
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published April 25th 1984 by Dutton Books (first published 1984)
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Dec 21, 2012 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sep 17, 2012 David Bales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Jul 25, 2014 Jen Ozburn rated it liked it
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
I read this book close to 40 years ago. John G. Fuller's books are based on his in-depth fact-finding, no one should doubt what he writes. I recall only bits of it but even today I feel I need to read it again. The shocking events of what happened to ranchers, livestock, actors, etc. still need to be released and verified. Reminds me of the Cold War when the government brought out the "Duck and Cover" nonsense to protect from fallout. Really? Who/what was being protected? I will review this book ...more
Sep 03, 2009 Merry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
May 17, 2008 Painting rated it it was amazing
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!
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Jan 26, 2015 P.S. Winn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing and scary because it is true, I lived in Southern Utah and never knew just how awful it really was, although I knew it was bad. the author did a good job finding the facts and bringing the true story to life.
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My mom is a "downwinder," and my dad found this book and recommended it to me.
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Nov 07, 2013 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And this one I read in college. Fascinating look at the effect of nuclear testing.
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shockingly apparent how we get lied to by our government
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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
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