AUTHORHacker, Barton C.
TITLEElements of Controversy: The Atomic Energy Commission and Radiation Safety in Nuclear Weapons Testing 1947-1974
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book, the second of two volumes, is a history of radiological safety in nuclear weapons testing from World War II to the 1990s. It covers the development of safety standards both in the South Pacific Testing Grounds and at the Nevada Proving Grounds. The book documents how controversy arose as public opposition to testing grew during the time period discussed. The author addresses issues that occurred with international treaty compliance, and subsequent limitations on effective testing. He also covers the underground testing program from 1964 to 1974. The book includes helpful historical background, providing information on the Manhattan Project, and an explanation of public opinion on radiation. Extensive notes and a comprehensive bibliography contribute to the value of this work.

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