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dome at the Hiroshima Memorial in Japan, which was the Hiroshima Prefectural Products Exhibition Hall government building, built in 1915         

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general links & books

Atomic U.S.A. Timeline

Los Alamos & the Manhattan Project
other secret locations
J. Robert Oppenheimer Page
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

image gallery

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Trinity Test Site in NM
Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Pacific Island tests

the hydrogen bomb

civil defense, daily life & aftermath

atomic energy / nuclear disasters

Trinity Test explosion 5:30 a.m. on 16 July 1945 at 0.016 seconds

Trinity  Test  Site
at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

The first atomic explosion in history occurred on 16 July 1945;
the location is now within White Sands Missile Range [est. 1942] in New Mexico.

"The devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was catastrophic. But we have to realize that
the United States bombed New Mexico first." — Joni Arends, anti-nuclear activist

Trinity Test Site official website
Atomic Tourist page about the Trinity Test Site
'Trinity Remembered' website
Trinity 50th Anniversary pages at Albuquerque Journal

O Shepherd, Speak! 1949   "O Shepherd, Speak!" [Viking 1949] by Upton Sinclair
The tenth book in Sinclair's "World's End (Lanny Budd)" series of eleven historical novels, this book covering 1944-45. The adventures of President Roosevelt's special agent Lanny Budd include the Battle of The Bulge, the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt's death, the A-bomb test at Trinity, and the Nuremberg Trials.
Viking hardcover [1949] out of print/used
"O Shepherd, Speak! - Part I"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95
"O Shepherd, Speak! - Part II"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95
Day the Sun Rose Twice  
"The Day The Sun Rose Twice: The Story of The Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945" [1984] by Ferenc Morton Szasz [1940-2010]
Univ NM Press 9x6 pb [7/95] for $12.89
Univ NM Press hardcover [12/84] out of print/used

Ending  the  War  with  Japan
The fire-bombing of Tokyo, Japan in March 1945 caused more deaths than the atom bomb in Hiroshima.
Within months, Japan's economy was collapsing and the country faced catastrophic starvation.
Germany surrendered unconditionally on 7 May 1945.
The U.S. dropped a 20 kiloton atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th (killing an estimated 140,000 people)
and a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9th (killing an estimated 74,000 people).
Japan announced unconditional surrender on August 14th,
and formally surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2nd.

browse 'History / World War II / Hiroshima & Nagasaki'
category books at Amazon.com

August 6-9: No Nukes * No Wars * No Profiteers

Bombing Hiroshima & Nagasaki  "The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki" [1946]
from The Manhattan Engineer District

official report from the Manhattan Project, dated 29 June 1946
BookSurge Classics pb [2/2004] for $7.99
Kessinger 11x8¼ pb [6/2004] for $10.85
IndyPublish 8¾x6½ pb [12/2001] for $17.99
IndyPublish 8¼x6¼ hardcover [12/2001] for $22.99

"Japan's Longest Day"
[Toho Japan Aug 1967, USA March 1968]
Japan's Longest Day  This is the true story of 15 August 1945, as Japan's government considered surrender to the Allies; the 2-hour 40-minute film is broadcast in Japan every year on the anniversary of the surrender. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan's Army Minister Anami proposed to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito and his other ministers considered the unthinkable – the peaceful surrender of Japan. When Anami learned of a military plot to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, he faced the choice between his desires and his loyalty to the Emperor. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto; adapted by Shinobu Hashimoto from the 1965 book; starring Toshirô Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto {as Emperor Hirohito}, Sô Yamamura, Chishu Ryu, Seiji Miyaguchi, Takashi Shimura, Toshio Kurosawa, Shogo Shimada, Susumu Fujita, Rokko Toura, Yûnosuke Itô, Daisuke Katô, Etsushi Takahashi, Jun Tazaki, Takao Inoue & Nobuo Nakamura; won Kinema Junpo Award for Best Script
Animeigo widescreen b&w/color DVD [9/2006] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb
Japan's Longest Day  
based on the renowned history “Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi” [1965]
by The Pacific War Research Society & Soichi Oya

Kodansha Intl. 7½x5¼ pb [9/2002] for $13.57
Ballantine Books mass pb [9/93] out of print/used

The Day Man Lost / Hiroshima  "The Day Man Lost: Hiroshima, 6 August 1945" [1972]
by Pacific War Research Society

Kodansha America 7¼x4½ pb [8/81] out of print/used
Kodansha America hardcover [12/97] out of print/used
Atomic Bomb Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki book edited by Kyoko & Mark Selden  "The Atomic Bomb: Voices From Hiroshima and Nagasaki" [1990]
Edited by Kyoko Iriye Selden & Mark Selden

Kindle Edition from Routledge [3/2015] for $31.69 {sic}
Routledge 9x6 pb [1/90] for $45.53
Routledge 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/90] for $158.00 {sic}
Judgment at the Smithsonian  "Judgment At The Smithsonian: The Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki" [1995]
Edited by Philip Nobile

Marlowe & Co. 8¼x5½ pb [8/95] out of print/used
Rain of Ruin  "Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima & Nagasaki" [1995]
by Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon & J. Michael Wenger

Brassey's/Potomac Books 11x8½ pb [11/99] for $13.57
Brassey's/Potomac Books hardcover [7/95] for $33.94
Harry Truman & the Bomb   "Harry S. Truman and The Bomb: A Documentary History" [1996]
Edited by Robert H. Ferrell

High Plains Publng 9½x6¼ pb [7/96] out of print/used

see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Harry S. Truman [1884-1972] Page

Enola Gay & the Smithsonian  "The Enola Gay and The Smithsonian Institution" [2005]
by Charles T. O'Reilly & William A. Rooney

McFarland & Co. 9x6½ pb [1/2005] for $39.95
Shockwave Countdown to Hiroshima  "Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima" [2005]
by Stephen Walker

Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/2006] for $9.72
HarperCollins 9x6½ hardcover [8/2005] for $17.79
White Light Black Rain  "White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima & Nagasaki"
[H.B.O. TV movie Aug 2007]
Written & directed by Steven Okazaki
H.B.O. Home Video color DVD [8/2007] for $22.99
official sites: U.S.A. + Japanese
To Hell and Back / Last Train from Hiroshima book by Charles Pellegrino  "To Hell and Back: The Last Train From Hiroshima" [2015]
by Charles Pellegrino

Interviews with survivors of the two atomic bombings in August 1945,
including Tsutomu Yamaguchi – the only person to survive both events.

Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [8/2015] for $19.99
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9¼x6¼ hardcover [8/2015] for $24.09

mushroom cloud of Hiroshima, Japan atomic bomb on 6 August 1945

Hiroshima,  Japan  -  6 August 1945

Hiroshima page at Free Information Society
Pres. Truman's announcement of the Hiroshima atomic bomb {25 sec. soundbite}

Hersey's Hiroshima  "Hiroshima" [1946 classic] by John Hersey
First published as the entire 31 August 1946 issue of The New Yorker Magazine
Vintage mass pb [3/89] for $6.95
Knopf expanded edition 8x5½ hardcover [8/85] for $16.98
Recorded Books audio CD [10/2005] for $13.59
Audio Partners UNABR audio [12/95] for $14.93
Grupo Oceano Spanish-language pb [6/2002] for $17.62
Hiroshima Diary of Michihiko Hachiya  "Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of A Japanese Physician, August 6 - September 30, 1945" [1955] by Michihiko Hachiya, MD; edited & translated by Warner Wells
Univ NC Press 8x5½ pb [1/95] for $18.95
Univ NC Press hardcover [1/55] out of print/used
Survivors of Hiroshima  "Death In Life: Survivors of Hiroshima" [1982]
by Robert Jay Lifton

Univ NC Press 9x6 pb [10/91] for $37.50
Basic Books hardcover [9/82] out of print/used
I Remember Hiroshima  "I Remember Hiroshima" [1983] by Stephen Kelen
Text and photographs from an Australian Army correspondent
who was on the ground soon after the atomic blast.

Hale & Iremonger pb [1/83] out of print/rare
Hiroshima in History & Memory book edited by Michael J. Hogan  "Hiroshima In History and Memory" [1996]
Edited by Michael J. Hogan

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/96] for $23.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/96] for $56.99
Hiroshima 60th Anniversary DVD box set  "Hiroshima: 60th Anniversary" DVD Box Set [History Channel 2005]
Five 50-minute episodes from diverse History Channel series: "Hiroshima: The Decision To Drop The Bomb" [1995] {IMDb}; "Tech Effect: Hiroshima" [2004] {IMDb}; "Oppenheimer: Father of The Atomic Bomb" {IMDb}; "Man, Moment, Machine: Oppenheimer & The Atomic Bomb" [2005] {IMDb}; and "Modern Marvels: The Manhattan Project" [2002] {IMDb}
A&E 4-hour-plus DVD set [undated] 2 disks - out of prodn/SOLD OUT!
Shockwave Countdown to Hiroshima book by Stephen Walker  "Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima" [New York Times bestseller 2005]
by Stephen Walker

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins e-books [3/2009] for $13.99
HarperPerennial 8x5¼ pb [5/2006] for $12.39
Harper 9x6 hardcover [7/2005] out of print/70+ used
Feature film adaptation by Hossein Amini announced 2/2017 by Universal Pictures and Working Title • not yet listed at IMDb
Hiroshima Survivor's Story Bridging the New Education  "Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story Bridging The New Education" [J.F.M.F. 2011]
36-minute documentary video focusing on Keijiro Matsushima and his odyssey on the day that the bomb dropped; a testimony to the strength and endurance of atomic-bomb survivors, and 'a lesson as to why nuclear war damages not just lives, but our planet'.
Produced by Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund; written & directed by Marianne Tomasic; featuring Keijiro Matsushima, Lloyd Bowman, Jessie Jones, Sebastian Pensinger, Benjamin Rapp
347 Productions color DVD-R [2/2011] for $14.95
no entry at either IMDb or Wikipedia

"Barefoot Gen" aka 'Hadashi no Gen' [1973]
classic manga novels by Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen books  first serialized in 1972-73 in the 'Shukan Shonen Jampu' comic weekly
The tale of a child surviving the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945; the manga books are important anti-war works, and the film is a landmark in animé art.
Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima Last Gasp 8¼x6 pb [10/2004] for $14.95
Volume 2: The Day After Last Gasp 8¼x6 pb [10/2004] for $14.95
Volume 3: Life After the Bomb Last Gasp pb [5/2005] for $10.17
Volume 4: Out of the Ashes Last Gasp pb [5/2005] for $10.17
Barefoot Gen video  "Barefoot Gen" aka 'Hadashi no gen' animé feature film [1983]
Directed by Mori Masaki; written & produced by Keiji Nakazawa
Image Ent. bilingual color DVD [4/99] out of stock/used
Orion Home Video color VHS [7/95] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
"Barefoot Gen 2" aka 'Hadashi no gen 2' animé feature film [1986]
Co-directed by Toshio Hirata & Akio Sakai; written by Keiji Nakazawa
video not available; full credits from IMDb

mushroom cloud of Nagasaki, Japan atomic bomb on 9 August 1945

Nagasaki,  Japan  -  9 August 1945

Last Bomb / Nagasaki   "The Last Bomb: A Marine Remembers Nagasaki" [2001]
by David C. Milam {with his photos}

Eakin Press 10x7 pb [1/2002] for $15.95
Eakin Press hardcover[11/2001] for $21.94
First Into Nagasaki / Eyewitness Dispatches  "First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches
On Post-Atomic Japan & Its Prisoners of War" [2006]
by George Weller, edited by Anthony Weller

Three Rivers Press 8x5¼ pb [12/2007] for $10.17
Crown 9½x6½ hardcover [12/2006] for $16.50
Nagasaki - Life After Nuclear War book by Susan Southard  "Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War" [2015]
by Susan Southard

Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin [7/2015] for $11.99
Viking 9½x6¼ hardcover [7/2015] for $18.41

Pacific  Island  Atomic  Testing  Programs

A-test Baker at Bikini Atoll on 25 July 1946       A-test Baker at Bikini Atoll on 25 July 1946      first hydrogen bomb test Ivy Mike at Eniwetok Island on 1 November 1952      Bluestone atomic test at Christmas Island on 30 June 1962

Eniwetok Island entry at Wikipedia
Bikini Atoll entry at Wikipedia
Operation Crossroads: 2 detonations in July 1946
Operation Ivy: 2 detonations in November 1952
Operation Castle: 7 detonations March-April 1954
Operation Redwing: 17 detonations May-July 1956
Operation Hardtack I: 35 detonations April-August 1958

Radio Bikini docu film   "Radio Bikini: The Most Terrifying & Unbelievable Story of The Nuclear Age"
[1987 documentary film]

U.S. Navy personnel are exposed to the radiation during a series of atomic tests in the Marshall islands, with devestating effects on their health. Produced, directed & edited by Robert Stone; nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar
New Video Group b&w VHS [12/2003] for $23.70
full credits at IMDb
The Bomb novel   "The Bomb" [1995 YA novel] by Theodore Taylor
Vivid descriptions of Micronesian culture, thru the eyes of a native youth. Bikini Island is liber-ated from the Japanese Army in 1944, and then the islanders are forced to evacuate so that America can set off nuclear tests, and some of the natives revolt.
HarperTrophy YA mass pb [8/97] for $5.99
Sagebrush 7x4¼ hardcover [10/99] for $14.15
Harcourt Children's 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/95] out of print/used

The  Thermonuclear  Hydrogen  Bomb  - since 1952
'thermonuclear weapon' entry at Wikipedia

pretty hydrogen bomb explosion in French Polynesia in 1970s

Dark Sun / The Making of The Hydrogen Bomb book by Richard Rhodes  "Dark Sun: The Making of The Hydrogen Bomb" national bestseller [1995]
by Richard Rhodes

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [9/2012] for $14.99
Simon & Schuster 9¼x6 pb [8/96] for $14.29
Simon & Schuster 9½x6¾ hardcover [8/95] out of print/100+ used
Building the H-Bomb Personal History book by Kenneth W. Ford  "Building The H Bomb: A Personal History" [2015]
by Kenneth W. Ford

Author worked at both Los Alamos and Princeton University's Project Matterhorn; book provides illuminating insights into the personalities, strengths, and quirks of co-workers Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and John Wheeler
Kindle Edition from World Scientific Publng [3/2015] for $9.99
World Scientific Publng 9x6½ pb [3/2015] for $18.49
World Scientific Publng 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2015] for $48.26


Civil  Defense,  Daily  Life  &  Aftermath
'U.S. civil defense' entry at Wikipedia
Conelrad [atomic civil defense]
Cold War Era Civil Defense Virtual Museum

Fifties-era civil defense insignia

Atomic Cafe  "The Atomic Cafe" [indep March 1982]
A collection of 1960s U.S. government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans about surviving nuclear war. A film by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty; featuring archival footage of actor Hugh Beaumont, Albert Einstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, Nikita Khrushchev, Douglas MacArthur, Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, atomic spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, Joseph Stalin, Lewis Strauss of the A.E.C., and Harry S. Truman
New Video Group color DVD [3/2002] for $13.41
Docurama Collectors Edition color DVD [11/2008] 2 disks for $28.57 extras?
New Video Group color VHS [3/2002] for $13.41
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

When the Wind Blows  "When The Wind Blows" graphic novel [1982] by British illustrator Raymond Briggs
Viking Childrens pb [2/88] for $11.78
Schocken hardcover [1/87] out of print/used
Hamish Hamilton hardcover [3/82] out of print/used
stage play adaptation: Samuel French pb [1/83] out of print/used
B.B.C. radio drama: Soundelux audio [3/90] out of stock/used
By The Bomb's Early Light  
"By The Bomb's Early Light: American Thought & Culture At The Dawn of The Atomic Age" [1985] by Paul S. Boyer
Univ NC Press 9¼x6¼ pb [9/94] for $21.95
Pantheon hardcover [10/85] out of print/used
Justice Downwind  "Justice Downwind: America's Atomic Testing Program In The 1950s" [1986]
by Howard Ball

Oxford Univ Press 8x5½ pb [4/88] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [3/86] out of print/used
When the Wind Blows  "When The Wind Blows" animated film
[T.V.C./Film Four Intl. U.K. 1986, USA March 1988]

Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami
Channel 4 color DVD [9/2005] out of prodn/used
LionsGate Home Video color VHS [6/88] out of prodn/used
Phantom soundtrack CD [11/96] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Under The Cloud  
"Under The Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing" [1986]
by Richard L. Miller

Two-Sixty Press 9x6 pb [7/99] for $33.43
Free Press hardcover [9/86] out of print/used
Homeward Bound  "Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era" [1988]
by Elaine Tyler May

Basic Books 9¼x6¼ pb [1/90] for $14.96
Basic Books hardcover [9/88] out of print/used
Fallout American Nuclear Tragedy book by Philip L. Fradkin  "Fallout: An American Nuclear Tragedy" [1989] by Philip L. Fradkin
The title refers not to the radiation resulting from atomic bomb tests, but to the societal events when victims {'down-winders') of such tests sued the U.S. government, who consistently hid behind the National Security Excuse – and got away with it.
Johnson Books 8½x5½ pb [3/2004] for $12.84
Univ Arizona Press 8½x5½ pb [6/89] out of print/used
Univ Arizona Press 8½x5½ hardcover [6/89] out of print/40+ used
American Ground Zero / Secret Nuclear War book by Carole Gallagher  "American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War" [1993]
by Carole Gallagher, Foreword by Keith Schneider

Random House 10x10 pb [5/94] out of print/used
The M.I.T. Press 10½x10½ hardcover [3/93] out of print/40+ used
Atomic Express  "The Atomic Express" [1997]
by Richard L. Miller

Two-Sixty Press 9x6 pb [1/97] for $12.89
Civil Defense in the Fifties book by Laura McEnaney  "Civil Defense Begins At Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life In The Fifties" [2000] by Laura McEnaney
Princeton Univ Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [8/2000] for $30.91
Downwinders novel  "Downwinders: An Atomic Tale" [2001 novel]
by Curtis & Dianne Nelson Oberhansly

Three Utahans discover classified documents about operations at the Nevada Test Site in the Fifties, and risk their lives to transport the incriminating information to victims of A-test fallout.
Black Ledge Press 9¼x6 pb [4/2001] for $14.95
official booksite
One Nation Underground  "One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter In American Culture" [2001]
by Kenneth D. Rose

NY Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [4/2004] for $20.00
NY Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [8/2001] for $43.66
Uncertainty Underground  "Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain & The Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste"
[2006] Edited by Allison M. Macfarlane & Rodney C. Ewing

M.I.T. Press pb [5/2006] for $29.00
M.I.T. Press hardcover [5/2006] for $72.00
U.S. Senate testimony by Macfarlane on 1 March 2006
Duck and Cover Civil Defense book by Melvin E. Matthews  "Duck and Cover: Civil Defense Images In Film and Television From The Cold War To 9/11" [2011] by Melvin E. Matthews, Jr.
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [10/2011] for $14.74
McFarland & Co. pb [9/2011] for $40.00

crashed U.S.A.F. B-52 airplane in Canada

Nuclear  Weapons  {equal}  Nuclear  Disasters
TN bomb chart at Strategic Air Command fansite

Broken Arrow / Nuclear Weapons Accidents book by Michael Maggelet & James Oskins   "Broken Arrow: The Declassified History of U.S. Nuclear Weapons
Accidents" [2008] by Michael H. Maggelet & James C. Oskins

LULU.com 11x8¼ pb [1/2008] for $49.95

U.S.A.F. B-36 bomber crash in British Columbia (Feb 1950)
U.S. Air Force B-36 bomber 2075 (tail number) was flying from Alaska back to its home base in Texas and lost 3 of its 6 engines; the crew jettisoned the Mark-IV test bomb payload over the ocean; of the seventeen crew members, 12 survived; the weapons officer was found in the wreckage and the others were assumed to have died at sea from hypothermia. The airplane was pointed back toward the ocean, but the autopilot failed, and it crashed in the mountains of British Columbia. Canadian authorities were never told of the nuclear payload; the wreckage was found four years later. A Discovery Channel program aired in 2004, with multiple later repeats. The book by Norman Leach was published in October 2007, and the book by Dirk Septer in 2011. A recreational diver accidentally discovered the missing nuclear bomb in early November 2016; the U.S. Navy is sending ships to the site to recover the bomb.
incident entry at Wikipedia

'Lost Nuke' 2004 Canadian TV program  "Lost Nuke" [Discovery Channel 2004]
46-minute documentary about the last flight of B-36 bomber 2075
Produced, written & directed by Michael Jorgensen; narrated by Colm Feore
credits at IMDbwatch full movie [4/2013 upload; 45:45] online at YouTube
Broken Arrow Lost Nuclear Weapon book by Norman Leach  
"Broken Arrow: America's First Lost Nuclear Weapon" [2007]
by Norman S. Leach

Red Deer Press 9x6 pb [2/2008] out of print/used
Last Flight of Bomber 075 book by Dirk Septer  "Lost Nuke: The Last Flight of Bomber 075" [2011]
by historian Dirk Septer

Kindle Edition from Heritage House [3/2012] for $8.69
Heritage House 9x6 pb [5/2016] for $19.95
Heritage House 9x6 pb [10/2011] out of print/used

U.S.A.F. B-47 bomber mid-air event in Georgia, USA [Feb 1958]
A U.S.A.F. B-47 bomber successfully hit its mark in a training exercise on 5 February 1958 off Tybee Island, Georgia; F-86 jets were scrambled as part of the exercise and one of them crashed into the B-47; the fighter pilot ejected safely, the unarmed Mark-15 test H-bomb payload was jettisoned over the ocean, and the B-47 landed at the nearest airbase. Air Force and Navy search teams began work next day, but gave up on March 17, concluding that the bomb was buried under 5-15 feet of silt at the bottom of Wassaw Sound.
incident entry at WikipediaDE's 'Tybee Bomb' fansite

America's Lost H-Bomb TV documentary  "America's Lost H-Bomb" TV documentary [Discovery Science Channel Aug 2007]
52-minute documentary, plus 37-minute interview with Robert McNamara [1916-2009], former U.S. Secretary of Defense • exec producer Allan Butler; producer, writer & director Mark Marabella
89-minute Longtail Distrbn widescreen color DVD [11/2011] for $19.85 via Amazon third party
89-minute Marabella Prodns widescreen color DVD-R [1/2012] for $39.95
89-minute Marabella Prodns widescreen color DVD-R [1/2012] for $69.95 {sic}
credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Lost Nuke on the Georgia Coast novel by Jon Traer, MD  "Lost Nuke: 'Broken Arrow' On The Georgia Coast" [2012 novel]
by Jon Traer, MD

A doctor-nurse couple retire to the coast of Georgia and become entangled in a government search for a lost nuclear warhead in Wassaw Sound, a project that is under time pressure because Syrian terrorists are also looking for it . . .
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [11/2012] for $7.12
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2012] for $18.99

bomb release incident in South Carolina [March 1958]
A Mark-6 nuclear bomb was accidentally released inside a U.S.A.F. B-47 bomber above Mars Bluff, South Carolina on 13 March 1958; the bomb's weight forced the bay doors open and it fell 15,000 feet (4,600 meters). The bomb's conventional explosives blew a 70-foot crater and destroyed the home of Walter Gregg, injuring six people.
incident entry at Wikipedia1958 newsreel [4/2005 upload; 55 seconds of 1:55 clip] at Internet Archive

U.S.A.F. B-47 bomber in Georgia, USA [March 1959]
1959 March 11: A U.S.A.F. B-47 bomber in Georgia jettisoned an unarmed nuclear bomb casing above a rural area; the conventional explosives in the device destroyed a residence, produced a 55-foot crater, and injured several people.

U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber over Kentucky [Oct 1959]
1959 Oct 15: A U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber from Mississippi collided with a KC-135 tanker during refueling over Kentucky; eight men died, both aircraft crash landed, and the two damaged nuclear bombs were recovered and dismantled.

U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber in North Carolina [Jan 1961]
A U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber carrying nuclear weapons on 24 January 1961 suffered structural failure and attempted to land at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina; the havoc of disintegration loosened the two bombs, one landed safely by parachute, the other smacked into a swamp near Goldsboro, NC; stories vary, but the tail was recovered at 22 feet, and work crews quit at 55 feet due to uncontollable ground water flooding; the government bought the land to prevent any nearby development.
incident entry at WikipediaGoldsboro, NC incident fansite

Goldsboro Broken Arrow book by Joel Dobson  "The Goldsboro Broken Arrow: The B-52 Crash of January 24, 1961
and Its Potential As A Tipping Point For Nuclear War" [2013]
by Joel Dobson

Lulu Publng Services 9x6 pb [6/2013] for $24.99

U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber over Spain [Jan 1966]
U.S.A.F. B-52G bomber carrying four unarmed Mark 28 H-bombs collided on 17 January 1966 with a KC-135 tanker plane during refueling and both planes blew up over the coastal town of Palomares, Spain; seven airmen died, two bombs exploded on land, the third bomb was recovered on land next day; the fourth H-bomb was recovered four months later from the bottom of the ocean (depth 2,850 feet/870 meters).incident entry at Wikipedia

America's Lost H-Bomb book by Randall C. Maydew   "America's Lost H-Bomb: Palomares, Spain 1966" [1997]
by Randall C. Maydew

Sunflower Univ Press hardcover [12/97] out of print/used
Day We Lost The H-Bomb / Nuclear Weapons Disaster book by Barbara Moran  "The Day We Lost The H-Bomb: Cold War, Hot Nukes, and The Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster In History" [2009] by Barbara Moran
Kindle Edition from Presidio Press/Random House [4/2009] for $12.99
Presidio Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2009] out of print/used
author's official website

U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber in Greenland [Jan 1968]
1968 Jan 21: U.S.A.F. B-52 bomber carrying four unarmed Mark 28 H-bombs crash-landed on sea-ice near Thule AFB in Greenland, detonating conventional explosives inside the bombs.

Titan missile explosion near Damascus, Arkansas [September 1980]
Inside the Titan missile silo north of Damascus, Arkansas in 1980, a technician dropped a 6-pound tool; it fell 80 feet and bounced up and pierced the skin of the I.C.B.M delivery rocket, causing a fuel leak. The facility was safely evacuated, but the leak eventually caused an explosion; one Airman was killed and 21 others injured in the explosion and the nuclear warhead landed just inside the main gate. No radiation was released but the silo was destroyed and later dismantled and removed.
incident entry at Wikipedia

'Disaster at Silo 7' 1988 TV movie on ABC-TV  "Disaster At Silo 7" TV movie [ABC-TV 1988]
loosely based on the 1980 Titan missile explosion in Damascus, Arkansas
Directed by Larry Elikann; co-produced & co-written by Mark Carliner; co-written by Douglas Lloyd McIntosh; starring Michael O'Keefe, Peter Boyle, Perry King, Joe Spano, Dennis Weaver, Ray Baker, Patricia Charbon-neau, Joe Urla, Brent Jennings, Christian Clemenson, Ken Jenkins, Maureen Teefy, Jack Kehler, Olivia Burnette, Justin Burnette, Jace Kent, Lisa Schnebly, Raleigh Bond, Marianne Muellerleile, Lisle Wilson, Tom Rolfing
Triboro Ent. Group color VHS [1/92] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Command and Control book by Eric Schlosser  "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Accident, and The Illusion of Safety" [2013] by Eric Schlosser
book was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History • book entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Penguin Books [9/2013] for $10.99
Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb [8/2014] for $11.58
Penguin Press 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2013] out of print/100+ used

Guardian, UK news photo: smoke of the implosion of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan in March 2011

Atomic  Energy  {equals}  Nuclear  Disasters
The nuclear power industry is responsible for nuclear accidents - many of them classified as secret then and now - at Santa Susana
in California, Idaho Falls in Idaho, Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, Church Rock & Los Alamos & W.I.P.P. in New Mexico,
Denver in Colorado {twice!}, and lots of others – not to mention Chernobyl in Russia (1991), and Fukushima in Japan (2011).
'nuclear accidents' entry at Wikipedia

History of Nuclear Accidents book by James Mahaffey  
"Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From
The Ozark Mountains To Fukushima" [2014] by James Mahaffey

Kindle Edition from Pegasus Books [2/2014] for $12.74
Pegasus Books 8¼x5½ pb [2/2015] for $13.41
Pegasus Books 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2014] for $22.19

anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott, MD
official websiteIMDb listingWikipedia
video [9:54] of Dr. Caldicott's press conference after 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan

anti-nuclear activist Dr. Michio Kaku
"Michio Kaku: Nuclear Power Is A Faustian Bargain" on The Big Think website
watch podcast video [5/2011 upload; 2:46] online at YouTube

Kyshtym nuclear disaster (U.S.S.R. 1957)
A poorly-maintained storage tank at the Mayak nuclear facility in the Urals Mountains exploded, releasing 50-100 tons of high-level radioactive waste and producing a radioactive cloud that contaminated a territory of more than 750 square kilometers (290 square miles), causing sickness and death from radiation poisoning. The Soviet regime kept the accident secret for about thirty years. Since the closed city of Ozyorsk/Mayak was not marked on maps, the event was named for the nearest known town, Kyshtym.
The event is currently designated the third-worst nuclear incident in history, after #1 Chernobyl and #2 Fukushima.

Kyshtym nuclear disaster entry at Wikipedia

Windscale Piles fire (U.K. 1957)
A lesser-known British facility built in 1950 that burned out of control for three days in 1957; fearing contamination from release of Cesium 137
and Iodine 131, authorities destroyed local milk production for a month; Pile 1 was unserviceable and Pile 2 was shut down as a precaution.
The clean-up process was not begun until the 1990s and is expected to be completed in 2037.

Windscale Piles fire entry at Wikipedia

plutonium fires at Rocky Flats facility in Colorado (1957 & 1969)
The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility near Denver, Colorado operated from 1952 to 1992. A then-highly-classified
plutonium fire on 11 September 1957 contaminated portions of the Denver metropolitan area with radioactive Pu-239;
another major plutonium fire 11 May 1969 produced similar effects but was monitored and reported by civilian agencies, which
led to the U.S. government's divulgence of the 1957 fire. Weapons production ended at Rocky Flats after a joint F.B.I.-E.P.A.
raid of the facility on 6 June 1989; operators of the plant later pled guilty to criminal violations of environmental law.
The Rocky Flats site is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and also a Superfund pollution/cleanup site.

Rocky Flats facility entry at Wikipedia

Rocky Flats & The Nuclear West book by Len Ackland  
"Making A Real Killing: Rocky Flats and The Nuclear West" [1999]
by Len Ackland

UNM Press 9x6 pb [2/2002] for $26.56
UNM Press hardcover [9/99] for $39.95
Full Body Burden / Rocky Flats book by Kristen Iversen  "Full Body Burden: Growing Up In The Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats" [2012] by Kristen Iversen
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [6/2012] for $12.99
Harvill Secker 9¼x6 pb [undated] import/scarce
Crown 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2012] for $15.99 out of print/used

National Reactor Testing Station meltdown in Idaho Falls, Idaho (January 1961)
incident entry at Wikipedia

Idaho Falls, America's First Nuclear Accident book by William McKeown  "Idaho Falls: The Untold Story of America's First Nuclear
Accident" [2003] by William McKeown

E.C.W. Press 8x5½ pb [4/2003] for $11.53
Atomic America / Deadly Explosion / Nuclear History book by Todd Tucker  "Atomic America: How A Deadly Explosion and A Feared
Admiral Changed The Course of Nuclear History" [2009]
by Todd Tucker

Bison Books 9x6 pb [11/2010] for $18.95
Free Press 9x6¼ hardcover [3/2009] out of print/used

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generator meltdown [March 1979]
incident entry at Wikipedia

Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective book by J. Samuel Walker  
"Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis In Historical Perspective" [2004]
by J. Samuel Walker

Univ California Press 9x6 pb [1/2006] for $24.43
Univ California Press 9x6 hardcover [3/2004] for $45.55

nuclear generator meltdown at Chernobyl in Russia [April 1986]
incident entry at Wikipedia

Truth About Chernobyl book by Grigori Medvedev  "The Truth About Chernobyl" [1991]
by Grigori Medvedev, Foreword by (physicist) Andrei Sakharov

"An exciting minute-by-minute account by a leading Soviet nuclear physicist/engineer of the world's largest nuclear disaster and [its] cover-up"; book was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology in 1991.
Basic Books 8x5¼ pb [7/92] out of print/used
Basic Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [4/91] out of print/many used


Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station weather incident in Oak Harbor, Ohio (June 1998)
an F2 tornado struck the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio, resulting in the loss of off-site power

"Atomic Twister" TV movie [T.B.S. June 2002]
Atomic Twister 2002 TV movie  The staff of a nuclear reactor struggle to avert disaster when tornadoes cause damage that threatens to start a melt-down; the movie bears very little resemblance to the actual event. • Directed by Bill Corcoran; co-produced & written by Ron McGee; starring Sharon Lawrence, Corbin Bernsen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Carl Lewis, Jonathan Blick, Daniel Costello, Charmaine Guest, George Henare, John Leigh, John Sumner, David Aston, Paul Barrett, Grant Bridger, Katrina Devine, Peter Feeney, Taylor Garton, James Gaylyn, Michele Hine, Meryl Main, Joanna Morrison, Ashleigh Seagar, Jared Michael Thomas, Louise Wallace, Sara Wiseman, Roz Turnbull
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [10/2017 upload; 0:30] online at YouTube
watch full movie [2/2014 upload; 1:25:58] online at YouTube

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station shutdown incident in Oak Harbor, Ohio (March 2002)
The fifth-worst U.S. nuclear incident occurred at Davis-Besse on 5 March 2002 when employees discovered that corrosion had eaten nearly
thru the top of the containment vessel; repairs took two years, and operator FirstEnergy paid $28M in fines. Several
employees were indicted and convicted in 2009; sentences included fines and probation.

nuclear disaster at Fukushima I & II Nuclear Generators at Okama, Japan (March 2011)
An earthquake and tsunami on 21 March 2011 flooded two Japanese nuclear power plants (built in 1971) causing two large explosions and on-going leakage
of radiation into the sea and into the air; that location is still a mess as-of early 2018.

Fukushima disaster entry at Wikipedia

post-Fukushima disaster interview of Michio Kaku [April 2011]
episode of "Democracy Now!" TV Series broadcast 13 April 2011
watch news segment [1/2015 upload; 13:32] online at YouTube
Fukushima disaster entry at Wikipediaepisode credits at IMDb

video [9:54] of Dr. Caldicott's press conference after 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster book by David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman & Susan Stranahan  "Fukushima: The Story of A Nuclear Disaster" [2014] by David Lochbaum,
Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and The Union of Concerned Scientists

Kindle Edition from The New Press [2/2014] for $12.99
The New Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2014] for $20.93
Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi book by Ryusho Kadota  "On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi" [2014]
by Ryusho Kadota, with technical advisor Akira Tokuhiro;
Translated by Simon Varnam

Kindle Edition from Intercom, Ltd. [12/2014] for $7.99
Kurodahan Press 8x5 pb [10/2014] for $22.50
Crisis Without End / Consequences of Fukushima book edited by Helen Caldicott  "Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of The Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe" [2014]
Edited by Helen Caldicott

Kindle Edition from The New Press [10/2014] for $14.55
The New Press 8½x6 hardcover [10/2014] for $19.79

radiation leakage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in SE New Mexico (February 2014)
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant {W.I.P.P.} is a deep geological repository for nuclear waste that was licensed/certified in 1999 to permanently dispose of transuranic radioactive waste for 10,000 years; however, it managed its first nuclear radiation accident in only 15 years. After a poorly-maintained truck caught fire deep inside the underground storage facility on February 14th, all production at the facility was halted. Escalated monitoring above ground discovered small amounts of americum and plutonium a half mile away. By March 10th, testing of workers found 17 people that had 'minor radiation contamination'. Hazmat-suited inspectors found that bags of substandard protectant had ripped open and corroded the metal drums containing radioactive waste. A recovery plan was devised and selected workers began careful recovery work in May 2015. In October 2016, W.I.P.P. announced that part of the ceiling in Panel 4 had collapsed and that the area is now designated 'prohibited' (up from 'restricted').
W.I.P.P. official websiteW.I.P.P. entry at Wikipedia

vague airborne radiation leakage incident in Europe (September 2017)  9/2017
Various European weather stations downwind from Russia reported elevated levels of Ru-106 (ruthenium); Ru-106 is a byproduct of nuclear reactors and some medical treatments. Russia's weather service reported that a monitoring station near the Mayak nuclear facility had detected extremely high pollution levels, roughly 1,000 times the normal
reading of Ru-106. Russia's official nuclear corporation quickly denied that the radioactive cloud was connected in any way with operations at Mayak.
The primary suspect for the source remains the Mayak nuclear facility.

incident entry at Wikipedia

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