AUTHORGoldsmith, Connie
TITLEBombs Over Bikini: The World's First Nuclear Disaster
PUBLISHERTwenty-First Century Books
CITYMinneapolis, MN

This short work written for a younger audience focuses on the atomic tests the United States conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1954. Based on primary sources, including historical government documents and film footage, it explains the features of the islands and why they were chosen for the testing, describes the tests themselves, and discusses their impact on the inhabitants of the islands. The book also introduces the people who planned the tests and shows the plight of the Marshall islanders who lost their homes and suffered radiation sickness. The events are placed in a larger historical context, as the author reports on the efforts of those persons who have worked to hold the U.S. government accountable for the poor planning and disastrous consequences. The book challenges the reader to consider whether the knowledge gained from the tests was worth the cost in human suffering. The book is recommended by the U.S. National Science Teachers Association, and a teachers' guide is available on the website of the author, Connie Goldsmith.

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