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An extraordinary sea story - a narrative of the Japanese fishing boat whose crew were the first victims of the super bomb.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published 1958 by New York, NY Harper & Brothers; 1st U.S. Edition edition (1958)
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Luke
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
To be honest I thought this might have been a bit dry, formal and a lot more academic than it was. However I was pleasantly surprised to see the event told from a human perspective and was told in a manner very similar to a contemporary writer like Giles Milton (who has written a lot of popular single subject history books). The story is interesting and rather unique and is told well. The technical information regarding radiation is explained clearly so anyone can understand it.

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Kevin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, japan
Amazing story of the Japanese fishermen irradiated by the Castle Bravo nuclear test in 1954 - told with the knowledge of a learned scientist but tempered with great sympathy. Although the book is now 60 years old and suffers from the occasional anachronistic turn of phrase or viewpoint, the writing is straightforward and remains fresh. Finishing the book, I instantly wanted to know what happened in the intervening years to the 22 surviving fishermen and was pleasantly surprised to find out that ...more
Emma
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An engagingly written piece of journalism pertinent to a time when the power of the atom was at the forefront of everyone's thoughts.

The moving and terrifying story of the Lucky Dragon comes to life as Lapp's prose takes us to the heart of a group of fisherman whose voyage would mark a memorable, scarring moment in history. The subject matter, concerning radiation sickness, is abundantly upsetting and adds yet more evidence as to why nuclear weaponry is humanity's most dangerous area of scienti
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f-r
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
As a non-fiction account of the Lucky Dragon 5, the Japanese fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout created by the Castle Bravo thermonuclear bomb, the Manhattan Project-physicist Lapp honors the crew with his description of their voyage and their subsequent tribulations.
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