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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Two Sixty Press (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966941403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966941401
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,511,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Miller's earlier, nonfiction book, Under The Cloud: "Richard Miller's account of United States and Soviet efforts to develop the bomb and the history of nuclear testing in the U.S. from the first bomb up to the abolishing of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1974 is outstanding." -Rosalie Dunbar, the Christian Science Monitor. Jan 31, 1987.

"Why then should this book be published at this time? Perhaps it is part of the Soviet-sponsored campaign to stop all nuclear tests, similar to the "ban the bomb" propaganda of the early 1960s." -Dixie Lee Ray, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Washington Times, Oct 27, 1986.

"Drawing his material from government files, Miller gives a thorough and formal look at the key events and the little-known side effects of all that was taking place. . .the material is enough to make the story as fascinating as it is chilling."-Robert Merritt, Richmond VA Times-Dispatch Oct 19, 1986.

"The greatest virtue of Under The Cloud is that it makes nuclear weapons tests personal events, impossible to forget by those who participated in them and forgotten only with difficulty by those who come to understand that all of us have been unwilling and unwitting participants."-Gerald E. Marsh (Office of Arms Control and Defense Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory and co-author of Born Secret: The H-Bomb, the Progressive Case and National Security) writing in the New York Times. Oct 5, 1986.

"A chilling documentary history of America's above-ground nuclear tests conducted during the 1950s and early 1960s. Miller takes on the subject and universalizes it, giving it the flavor of a Dos Passos novel. . .scary stuff."-Kirkus Reviews Aug 15, 1986.

From the Author

"The Atomic Express is the definitive history of America's nuclear test program."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Cummins on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
No doubt, at one time, man had the ability to learn from her mistakes.  Sadly the gods, angered by man's hubris, arrogance and over-reaching, must have withdrawn it.  Richard Miller in The Atomic Express tries to teach us something about our recent mistakes; at least when fiddling with the atom.  He weaves a set of parables inhabited by inmates from a latter-day Catch 22.  If you have any doubt, just sneak a peak at pages 314 to 316 for a blow by blow description of Rhinehart trying to defuse a hydrogen bomb, named "Mickey," left at Ethel's roadside cafe near the U.S. test site.  Or, if you're more in the mood for classic catch 22's, try page 326 where the army officer can't tell one of the bomb's designers about the results of a test, because the scientist is a civilian.  Hmmm.  Read all about it as our government puts all our lives at risk.  As Research Director of the Hanford Veterans Cancer Mortality Study, I urge responsible citizens to read this book.  What it tells us is what we didn't hear the last time.  How often must we be reminded. Long ago we were warned by the Sioux, "this is the fire that will help the generations to come, if they use it in a sacred manner.  But if they do not use it well, the fire will have the power to do them great harm."  Read this book and call your Member of Congress!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Constible on March 14, 2000
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Warning: this book contains materials which will provoke high amusement and deep thought. The author operates at many different levels and will keep you wondering what just happened, what is about to happen, and how on earth human beings could ever have allowed such things to take place. Not only did I find this combination of satire, adventure and modern history to be totally engrossing while I was reading it, I found that I couldn't put down some of the issues raised after I'd already finished the book. If you are also a reader who enjoys being shaken up, hop aboard this train for a wild ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.L. Shaw on December 13, 1999
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At the beginning of this original novel, a nuclear physicist with a definitely bent view of reality climbs a shot tower, intending to use the atomic bomb as transportation into the universe next door. Not far away a hapless lieutenant named Perkins boards a bus bound for Camp Sagebrush and, so he believes, a rising career in the New Atomic Army. As the countdown to detonation to proceeds, a small civilian plane, piloted by a couple of strong-minded women, searches the darkness for clues to a mystery that will surprise and probably scare you to death. Reading The Atomic Express is like watching an action movie, but the subtext is totally surreal. If you appreciate off-beat humor, high intrigue, the metaphysics of quantum science -- and of course trains -- you'll love this book!
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