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Maralinga : the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country, Frank Walker

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Maralinga : the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country
Title
Maralinga
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the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country
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Frank Walker
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Language
eng
Summary
"The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing. During the 1950s-60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil - at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs. RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk into radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris - none of them aware of the dangers they faced. But the betrayal didn't end with our soldiers. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies - their grieving parents were never told. Investigative journalist Frank Walker's Maralinga is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
UKMGB
Dewey number
363.1799099423
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Maralinga : the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country, Frank Walker
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Maralinga : the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country, Frank Walker
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the 1950s and 60s, the British government, working with the Australian government, conducted nuclear tests at Monte Bello Island, Emu Field and Maralinga in central Australia. This is the shocking story of how some 8,000 servicemen were used as guinea pigs. Airmen were ordered to fly into the ballooning mushroom clouds minutes after the nuclear bombs exploded. Sailors were ordered to stand on their ships to watch the explosions and later felt the radioactive dust land on their bare skin. Soldiers were ordered to drive into the heart of the blast zone as soon as it had cooled down enough to collect instruments recording the radiation. All by order of their own government. These servicemen stood in shorts and shirts as British and Australian scientists encased in full radioactive suits checked them for radiation exposure. Scientists aware of the dangers showered and scrubbed after each exposure, while the military personnel were not even told of the health dangers they faced. With exclusive access to hundreds of nuclear veterans, journalist Frank Walker reveals never-before published testimony about what really happened at these now notorious nuclear test sites - and why it still matters. From the government of Sir Robert Menzies onwards, these men have been betrayed. The only job of these nuclear veterans was to serve their country. Our veterans followed orders, walked into British nuclear bomb clouds and emerged to find that despite this toxic exposure, they don't have the same rights as other veterans. Why? Because they didn't serve in wartime and didn't serve overseas. Because the damage was done at home. MARALINGA is the chilling story of our secret nuclear shame. It is a story that MUST be told so nothing like it can ever be repeated
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xii, 340 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780733631900
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unmediated
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illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits
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  • (Sirsi) i9780733631900
  • (OCoLC)880193944

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