The best books about the Bikini Atoll

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Book cover of Operation Crossroads: The Official Pictorial Record

Operation Crossroads: The Official Pictorial Record

By Joint Task Force One,

Why this book?

The book was published in November 1946 by the U.S. Government, just months after Tests Able and Baker in July at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Serious safety concerns about radiation contamination were coming to light and the book was withdrawn from circulation shortly after publication. In 1947, a re-write of the book was published and titled Bombs at Bikini: The Official Report of Operation Crossroads. This book had fewer photographs and of a less graphic nature. However, for my memoir as a Crossroads participant, I was glad to find a copy of the original out-of-print book for…

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Book cover of Voices From Ground Zero: Recollections and Feelings of Nuclear Test Veterans

Voices From Ground Zero: Recollections and Feelings of Nuclear Test Veterans

By Lincoln F. Grahlfs,

Why this book?

The author of this book was also a Crossroads participant and today is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the effects of ionizing radiation. His book is a collection of interviews with atomic veterans of tests in the Pacific and Nevada. I am grateful to Dr. Grahlfs for agreeing to write the Foreword to my Crossroads memoir.

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The best books on the first postwar atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll in 1946 (Operations Crossroads)

Book cover of The Bomb And Its Deadly Shadow: A Memoir

The Bomb And Its Deadly Shadow: A Memoir

By Dean Warren,

Why this book?

The author of this book was a Crossroads participant. Furthermore, the author’s father, Dr. Stafford L. Warren, was head of the Medical Section of the Manhattan Project; then headed up the postwar survey of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and was then appointed by the Navy to serve as Chief Radsafe (Radiologic Safety Section) at Crossroads. Mr. Dean Warren and I had several phone conversations before his passing and shared our respective health problems that may — or may not — have been caused by exposure to ionizing radiation at Crossroads.

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The best books on the first postwar atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll in 1946 (Operations Crossroads)

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