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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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Matthew
May 12, 2012 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
Jen
Dec 22, 2014 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
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Wendy
Dec 31, 2008 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.
Jason
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.
Charley
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although dry and a bit repetitive, there is something powerful in the commonality of the stories from the "downwinders".
Angela
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 entertainment...it 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
Joshlyn
Feb 04, 2009 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.
G Scott
Feb 14, 2015 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. annd..you don't want to look away.
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