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Bombs In The Backyard: Atomic Testing And American Politics (Nevada Studies in History and Pol Sci) Paperback – February 1, 2001


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  • Series: Nevada Studies in History and Pol Sci (Book 25)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press; 2nd Edition edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874173701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874173703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a valuable addition to historical literature on the atomic age, providing scholars with a well-documented, comprehensive history..." -- Journal of the Southwest

"She threads her way easily through the labyrinths of both the federal bureaucracy and the American legal system -- Nevada Historical Society Quarterly

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A. Costandina Titus first became interested in the effects of atmospheric atomic testing as a researcher for former U.S. Senator Howard Cannon. Titus is currently 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By missed VINE VOICE on November 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DRYWASHER-BILL on September 26, 2009
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Most Nevadans represent a fairly independent spirit, as well as harboring personal views far abstract from those of another planet (eeer, state). Of all the places that a Nuke laboratory could be built within the confines of the USA, this was probably the most likely and indicated place. Unlike a certain Harry we know who has done all possible to kill mining and nuclear testing, or nuclear rehabilitation, a large faction of true Nevadans don't hold his views.

The NTS could be used for any sort of scientific research plausible to the advancement of the human race, and should be used as such. If it means gathering up all the waste from elsewhere in the world to create a mass of potential recycling material, what the beef here? Better here that somewhere where it could not viably be controlled or managed. Technology is such that the transport system could be completely isolated and secure; above or below ground.

Dina Titus knows more than any casual reader could ever know about possible and potential parameters as regards nuclear testing and innovation...

1] Nuclear Test Site in Nevada was at first a propaganda ploy aimed at converting denisons of the cold war into thinking that a nuclear warhead was the savior of the American world. What it did teach was that the USA military regime was as, and could be as, ruthless as the russians, koreans, or any other world power with nuke capability. Of course, the first ones to be in line for convincing: US Army and Navy troops who were lined up in foxholes merely 2 miles away from ground zero (and marching to GZ soon after the blast), and those on ships in the Pacific Ocean made to inspect radiated ships within hours after nuke device detonation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By April Gil on August 3, 2002
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Thoughtful, well-researched, scholoarly perspective without the emotional hysterics common in most histories of nuclear testing. Excellent legislative history of laws leading to compensation for victims of radioactivity due to atmospheric testing. Highly recommended for the serious student of nuclear policy.
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