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Under the Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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." -- The Christian Science Monitor
Richmond Virginia Times-Dispatch: :"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
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Highly recommended for anyone. Should be of interest to all since as the book so accuruately reveals, we were all downwinders.
The focus is on the frequent nuclear tests and the fallout that has poisoned most of the United States and other countries.
The highly-detailed accounts of many nuclear shots emphasize the fallout aspect. It is a great book to read if you're interested in not just the science but the social implications of nuclear testing and the fallout that occurred in communities all over the United States.
**WARNING about the Kindle Edition.
It's a great book but do *not* buy the Kindle edition. Frequent misspellings, unreadable (and unlinkable) footnotes, and bleed-through of what appears to be a very bad 300 dpi OCR scan, page headers/footers interrupting the body text, and unacceptable line breaks make reading this thing a chore. They didn't even run this through a spelling checker. Shame on you, Amazon, for charging ten dollars for this sloppy scanning job. The only thing I can say positively is that the table of contents seems to work. I'm lodging a complaint about this shoddy Kindle book.
**EDIT** I'm tolerating the Kindle Edition, but anything that quotes a number is suspect. The OCR process did not capture numbers accurately so I'm not sure if they meant 10% of all units or if they really meant 10 units. The OCR software apparently has had a hard time interpreting percentages, footnote numbers, and any other numeric value.Read more ›
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Very scary book. You can't just read at just one sitting. It makes you realize the whole world was crazy at the time.Published on May 13, 2014 by Micky Robinson
It's a gift. I didn't read it so I can't make a review. It came in the mail promptly and it's what the person wanted.Published on January 11, 2014 by Jim
So says Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes (whose world was destroyed by nuclear bombs). Anyway, to think that we were testing nuclear bombs in the continental US is incredible. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was excited to get this book because it was hailed by many as such a comprehensive account of the nuclear age. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Your mom
As I was looking for more actual technical material regarding our nuclear testing at the DOE testing grounds, this book bored me to death. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by sniper
'Under the Cloud' portrays a fascinating and at times, intense, history of the development, testing and concerns regarding the early development of the nuclear weapons program in... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by John M. Searing