Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Atomic Thunder-The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, by JCU senior lecturer Dr. Elizabeth Tynan, has been shortlisted for the 2017 CHASS Australia Prize for a Book.

The CHASS Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students.

From the publisher website:
September 2016 marked 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. 

Atomic Thunder is available from the library in print  (355.8251190994 TYN).

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