THE FIVE ATOMIC F-WORDS: FIREBALL, FALLOUT, FUSION, FISSION, F*CKED UP
In 1956--from Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, July 22--17 high yield nuclear devices (otherwise known as H-Bombs) were detonated in a top secret test series. Ground Zero was located in the South Pacific because, according to the Department of Defense, the weapons "could not be tested in Nevada."
Why? They were "unsafe."
NUKED (19,000 words) focuses primarily on these explosions, codenamed Operation Redwing, and tells the story of What went wrong. What was dangerous. What it felt like being a human guinea pig.
1,612 army men (including me, a draftee) were exposed to radiation. So was the rest of the all male contingent (civilians and members of other armed forces), a total of 14,643. We were left to fend for ourselves and had to face radioactivity and military incompetence without recourse, relief or protective gear.
NUKED: I Was A Guinea Pig For The U.S. Army is a companion to THE ATOMIC TIMES: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, nominated by Random House for a Pulitzer Prize. THE ATOMIC TIMES is available in an e-book edition on NOOK.
THE ATOMIC TIMES (288 pages) describes the tests but focuses on the personal stories of the soldiers stationed on the headquarters island, Eniwetok, aka The Rock. Most of the men (including me) had to remain there for one year. A barren flatland less than one square mile in size. Elevation 12 feet. No vegetation or trees. Or women. Or even the most basic safety precautions.
"THE ATOMIC TIMES is a gripping memoir of the first H-bomb tests by one of the small groups of servicemen stationed at Ground Zero on Eniwetok Atoll. Leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment, this book is also a tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier." --Dr. Henry Kissinger
Michael is also the co-author of two thrillers, HOOKED and BRAINWASHED, with his wife, million-copy New York Times bestselling author, Ruth Harris. Both books are available in e-editions on NOOK.
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About the Author
Michael's highly acclaimed memoir, THE ATOMIC TIMES: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, is based on a more fraught experience, the 1955 U.S. H-Bomb tests, and has been called Catch-22 with radiation! Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove! Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Random House, THE ATOMIC TIMES was called: “A gripping memoir leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment. A tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.” —Henry Kissinger (The Atomic Times is available in a Nook edition.)
Michael is also co-author with his wife, Ruth, of two thrillers, HOOKED and BRAINWASHED, both available in NOOK editions.