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Atomic thunder : the Maralinga story / Elizabeth Tynan
Bib ID 7013898
Format BookBook [text, cartographic image, volume]
Author
Tynan, Elizabeth, author
 
Description Sydney, NSW : NewSouth Publishing, 2016 
©2016 
xv, 373 pages : maps ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781742234281 (paperback)
1742234283
Summary

In September 2016 it will be 60 years since the first British mushroom cloud rose above the plain at Maralinga in South Australia. The atomic weapons test series wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities and turned the land into a radioactive wasteland. In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them -- and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the devastating consequences of that decision. This book is the most comprehensive account of the whole saga, from the time that the explosive potential of splitting uranium atoms was discovered, to the uncovering of the extensive secrecy around the British tests in Australia many years after the British had departed, leaving an unholy mess behind.

Notes

Includes bibliographic references (pages 321-360) and index.

Awards Prime Minister's Literary Awards, australian history, winner, 2017. 
Subjects Cold War (1945-1989)  |  Radioactive pollution.  |  Cold War.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of.  |  Nuclear weapons -- Testing.  |  Politics and government.  |  Nuclear weapons -- Australia -- Testing.  |  Nuclear weapons -- Great Britain -- Testing.  |  Atomic bomb -- South Australia -- Maralinga -- Testing.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- South Australia -- Maralinga.  |  Radioactive pollution -- South Australia -- Maralinga.  |  Cold War.  |  Defence - Missile and weapons testing - Nuclear weapons.  |  Habitation - Government settlements.  |  Western Desert people.  |  South Australia -- Maralinga.  |  Australia.  |  Great Britain.  |  Maralinga (S.A.)  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-1965.  |  Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1945-1964.  |  Ooldea (Far West SA SH52-12)  |  Oak Valley (Far West SA SH52-12)  |  Woomera (West SA SH53-16)  |  Yalata (Far West SA Nullarbor SH52-16, Nullarbor SH53-13)  |  Wallatinna (SA SG53-13)  |  Maralinga (Far West SA SH52-12)  |  Australian

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