The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground

The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground

by Michael Harris

Except when he didn't.Berko, the wise-cracking Brooklyn Dodgers fan forced to cope with the H-bomb and his mother's cookies.Tony, who thought military spit and polish plus uncompromising willpower made him an exception.Carl Duncan, who clung to his girlfriend's photos and a dangerous secret.Major Vanish, who did just that.In THE ATOMIC TIMES, Michael Harris welcomes readers into the U.S. Army's nuclear family wheretheF-words were Fallout and Fireball.In a distinctive narrative voice, Harris describes his H-bomb year with unforgettable imagery and insight into the ways isolation and isotopes change men for better--and for worse.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 288
  • Publish Date: 2010 by Presidio Press/Ballantine Books
  • Asin: B004H1TLQ2

What People Think about "The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground"

Have you ever been glad that nuclear war was averted? The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris is a gripping memoir. In The Atomic Times, Michael Harris provides the answers to all my questions and more.

This was where hydrogen bombs were tested in the early stages of the Cold War. While reading, one could be forgiven for not knowing exactly what type of book they're reading. It takes awhile, but Harris brings us into the true nature of the story: the efforts to perfect the hydrogen bomb as a means of preserving the Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine that would come to be every bit a part of the Cold War as proxy wars - both with guns and on fields of athletic competition.

Unfortunately, the first half of his 'memoir' offers up far too much information on his personal life before,'Wetok.

Then, and this, while mentioned, deserves more mention than it got, there are the really big idiots--the ones behind the development and testing of thermonuclear devices. A better book might have interwoven the objective history of the H-bomb tests the author witnessed with his personal reminiscences.

Similar elements which power these peaceful power generation reactors can also be used, with some chemical and physical manipulations, to create two of the worst type of weapons of mass destruction, atomic and thermonuclear devices. It is clear that even forty years after World War II in the case of Chernobyl, and almost seventy years in the case of Fukishima, there are still ways that atomic energy can cause problems in our world. In all, Mr. Harris was front and center for 12 of the 17 tests that formed the series of Operation Redwing. In fact the two larger tests were responsible for heavier fallout lasting for days at a time, something that had not happened in Harris H-Bomb year. Harris account that there were things other than exceptionally large explosions only miles away, large exposures to radiation, and constant reinforcement that there was absolutely no danger associated with these events. The almost laughable situations involved the precautions that had to be followed in the case of fallout the precipitative dust, grains, and sometimes rain that occurred in the debris cloud of a shot. According to Mr. Harris, one could always tell when the fallout was occurring as you could hear the clicking of the radiation counters mounted outside all of the buildings where they worked and lived. Many of these men died in their middle age (35-55) who probably would have lived 10-20 years or more had they not been exposed to the multiple exposures to atomic and thermonuclear explosions. The effects of these weapons of mass destruction were in all cases poorly understood, if at all, during these tests. The men were told they were in no danger when in light of the current amount of knowledge (albeit not much greater than then in many cases) would have opted for use of dark eye protection, placement in shelters or at least indoors, and similar logically reasonable precautions from the simple effects of an explosion of a known material like TNT. I would strongly recommend parental guidance even at high school levels for this work, just from the fact that things are graphic and the natural of the graphic events is in many cases difficult to handle. Remember the nature of the topic at hand human beings thrust into relatively close proximity to known weapons of mass destruction based on splitting and fusing atoms apart or together depending on how the WMD is constructed to function. View all my reviews at Review of The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Grounds by Michael Harris by Richard Buro is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

I had read the free excerpt before regarding one of the first tests and was expecting it to center more on the tests than his overall experiences on the island. Not that the military doing something with its head stuck up its posterior is anything new, just that they intentionally exposed so many of their soldiers and sailors to unnecessary risks and damaged not only their physical health but their mental health as well. It really shouldn't surprise me that the military would expose their men unnecessarily like they did.