Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing and American Politics

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University of Nevada Press, 2001 - History - 242 pages
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"On January 27, 1951, the first atomic weapon was detonated over a section of desert known as Frenchman Flat in Southern Nevada, providing dramatic evidence of the Nevada Test Site's beginnings. Fifty years later, author A. Costandina Titus reviews contemporary nuclear policy issues concerning the continued viability of that site for weapons testing. Titus has updated her study of atomic testing with fifteen years of political and cultural history - from the mid-1980s Reagan-Gorbachev nuclear standoff to the authorization of the Nevada Test Site Research Center." "In the second edition of Bombs in the Backyard, Titus covers the post-Cold War transformation of American atomic policy as well as our overarching cultural interest in all matters atomic, making this a must-read for anyone interested in atomic policy and politics."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Bombs in the Backyard focuses primarily on atomic bomb testing with most of its focus on the [[Wikipedia:Nevada Test Site]]. Its strengths lie in detailing how said testing, specifically radiation, affected not only the health of military personnel, but those downwind of the atomic blasts (including livestock). The second half of the book focuses on how the government, specifically Pentagon and the [[Wikipedia:Atomic Energy Commission]] failed to provide various forms of protection and information to those affected by the testing, and how the courts and federal government mostly fail to compensate the victims of atomic testing. The book was originally penned in the late 1980's. 

Contents

From Atomos to ABomb
1
Politics of Control
22
Victims of Proliferation
36
Bombs in the Backyard
55
Selling the Bomb
70
Living Under the Mushroom Cloud
86
Political Fallout from AboveGround Tests
101
More Likely Than Not
114
IO Time to Build a Monument
131
Transitions of the 1990s
145
Conclusion
167
Bibliography
213
Index
231
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About the author (2001)

Titus is professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, serves as a Nevada state senator, and sits on the board of directors for the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation.