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American Ground Zero by Carole Gallagher
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May 12, 2012

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. As the name suggests, the focus is on the fallout (both literal and metaphorical) that has affected Americans from this era in history. A beautiful and unsettling book.
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