AUTHORBurleson, Clyde W.
TITLEThe Day the Bomb Fell on America: True Stories of the Nuclear Age
PUBLISHERPrentice-Hall, Inc.
CITYEnglewood Cliffs, NJ

This book describes the many close calls that nations have had with nuclear bombs and reactors from the end of World War II to the 1970s. The author, Clyde Burleson, narrates events, from the accidentally dropped bomb in Florence, South Carolina to the Windscale incident in England, that relate how close the world came to nuclear catastrophe during the Cold War. In addition, Burleson discusses several other incidents that cast suspicion on the nuclear establishment: the mysterious (and some say sinister) death of activist Karen Silkwood; the disappearance of uranium and plutonium from nuclear facilities; and 11 attacks on nuclear facilities by 1978, most of which were covered up. The book, written at the height of the Cold War, presents another revelation of terror and insecurity during an already uneasy time. Burleson includes appendixes describing the workings of a nuclear reactor and how it can malfunction as well as the effects of radiation on humans. Written in a journalistic style, the book does not indicate the sources of the information presented.

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