Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing and American Politics

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University of Nevada Press, 2001 - History - 242 pages
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 now-classic 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, a Desert Research Institute facility scheduled to open in 2001. In this second edition of Bombs in the Backyard, Titus deftly 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.

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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. 


From Atomos to ABomb
Politics of Control
Victims of Proliferation
Bombs in the Backyard
Selling the Bomb
Living Under the Mushroom Cloud
Political Fallout from AboveGround Tests
More Likely Than Not
IO Time to Build a Monument
Transitions of the 1990s

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Dina Titus is a retired professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she taught for more than thirty years. She also represented the people of Senate District 7 in the Nevada Legislature from 1988-2009, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993-2009. In 2012, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she currently represents Nevada's 1st Congressional District.

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