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Author Ronald, Ann, 1939-

Title Friendly fallout 1953 / Ann Ronald
Published Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (x, 231 pages)
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Jack; Dennis; Ruthie; Hal; Archie; Candi; Liz; Daniel; Roger; Janine; Matthew; Alan; Author's Notes
Summary "Friendly Fallout 1953 is a hybrid work of literature that combines the actual history of aboveground atomic testing in the Nevada desert in 1953 with fictional vignettes that explore the impact of the tests on the people who participated in them and on civilian "downwinders." While most of the details are factual, the characters are imaginary composites of men, women, and children affected by the testing program in that fateful year. Some were visitors, like a newspaper reporter and a Las Vegas showgirl. Some--like a radiation specialist, a meteorologist, a secretary, a soldier, and a physicist--lived and worked at the desert proving ground. Still others--a teenage girl, a Paiute boy, a Mormon mother--were unwitting participants when the friendly fallout came their way. Their stories bring to life a turbulent era when Cold War fears, patriotic enthusiasm, scientific progress, and unacknowledged political agendas often collided with the welfare of ordinary citizens and the environment." "Ronald compellingly evokes the test explosions in all their terrifying magnificence and explores the diverse and sometimes conflicting emotions of a generation that saw atomic energy as its best protection against the horrors of another world war, even to the sacrifice of the innocent people, wildlife, and livestock that became accidental victims in this search for national power and security."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Nuclear weapons -- Fiction
FICTION -- Historical.
Nuclear weapons
SUBJECT Nevada National Security Site (Nev.) -- Fiction
Subject Nevada -- Nevada National Security Site
Genre/Form Historical fiction
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010014699
ISBN 9780874178326