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Author: Howard L Rosenberg
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Publisher: Beacon Press; Book Slightly Bent edition (1980)
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Atomic soldiers: American victims of nuclear experiments by Howard L Rosenberg

Examines the grim statistics concerning the 300, 000 American soldiers who, between 1948 and 1963, were deliberately exposed to high-level radiation during Pentagon-sponsored nuclear tests. As a result a series of nuclear tests involving . Army ground troops were conducted. While efforts were made to minimize the known risks there were mishaps and miscalculations. In the introduction to this 1980 book, newspaper columnist Jack Anderson explains that after WWII, a vast peacetime atomic bureaucracy formed with the intention of using a massive public relations campaign to promote the idea of a nuclear utopia.

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Similarly, Rosenberg's coverage of the Nevada nuclear tests-the AEC abdicating safety responsibility to the Pentagon; soldiers and civilians in and around the test zone suffering from radiation sickness-is less clearly drawn than in Uhl and Ensign's recent GI Guinea Pigs. Rosenberg's most interesting contribution is a discussion of the scientific controversy. We see, among others, Dr. Edward Teller leading the atomic weapons proponents; Dr. Linus Pauling heading the opposition; and Dr. John Gofman reversing himself to become a leading opponent-and then being forced to resign.

American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War. Boston: MIT, 1993. Gerber, Michele Stenehjem. On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Rosenberg, Howard L. Atomic Soldiers: American Victims of Nuclear. Boston: Beacon Press, 1980.

Atomic Soldiers: American Victims of Nuclear Experiments. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1980. Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2004. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2010.

Howard L. Rosenberg, Atomic Soldiers: American Victims of Nuclear Experiments (Boston: Beacon Press: 1980); John 1. Midgley, J. Deadly Illusions: Army Policy for the Nuclear Battlefield (Boulder: Westview Press, 1986). Two . kt firings occurred on October 27, 1961.

"A timely and unsparing account of how U.S. nuclear test policies were guided and executed in the early years of the atomic age. At its most compelling, Atomic Soldiers tells what became of a man who was made a pawn in a long-ago dress rehearsal for nuclear war."-Alan Cranston, U.S. Senator During the summer of 1957, Army Corporal Russell Jack Dann was marched to a desert hilltop in Nevada and ordered to watch while an atomic device four times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was detonated just 4,500 yards away. The story of what that mission did to Dann, and to nearly 300,000 other American soldiers who were exposed to low-level radiation during the 1950s nuclear test blasts, is the focus of this astonishing report. Without hair, or teeth, deaf in one ear, a sterile quadriplegic with leukopenia, Dann is waging a losing battle for compensation from the Veteran's Administration which refuses to acknowledge the connection between nuclear radiation and his disabilities. One of the century's most appalling horror stories, Atomic Soldiers raises questions about both atomic weapons and nuclear power that are crucial to the future of our society. "Anyone who starts this book will not put it down before reading it from cover to cover. The reader meets in flesh and blood the young military men who became guinea pigs and finally victims of one of the saddest misuses of government in history."-John Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Committee for Nuclear Responsibility
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purchased as a present. Well received.
we expect so much, we expect their lives, we then we devise "tests" like these? as a nation we should be heartily ashamed. you know what is worse? we're still screwing our soldiers by allowing mostly republican politicians who dodged their own service to take away benefits from soldiers who served well and honorably. another black eye for what should be the most amazing and compassionate super power in the world.
Good book.
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I first knew of this subject from the TV movie. I wanted to get a DVD of the movie, but couldn't find one. I think this book covers and tells far more than the movie. For those of us how grew up not knowing what our government was doing. All future generations should read this book. This book tells what governments with their secrets are capable of.
With the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan it was clear that warfare had changed forever... but how? In a series of experiments and studies in the 1940s and 1950s the U.S. armed forces sought to determine what changes in doctrine and equipment had to be adopted in order to take advantage of the massive firepower atomic weapons promised as well as ways to defend against the enemy use of nuclear weapons (thanks to Communist spies like the Rosenbergs).

The Army came up with the Pentomic Division. In this concept the division was divided into five battle groups capable of spreading out to avoid being obliterated by a single battlefield nuke. The division would then concentrate again, in some cases crossing the area devastated by the atomic weapon, in order to accomplish the mission.

In order for this to work in combat it had to work in training. As a result a series of nuclear tests involving U.S. Army ground troops were conducted. While efforts were made to minimize the known risks there were mishaps and miscalculations. As a result the author has determined that many veterans of these tests have contracted cancer at rates above the norms for their population. At the time this book was published the Veterans Administration did not provide much in the way of assistance for these soldiers but I believe that has been corrected. This is an eye-opening book about a chapter in U.S. history now long-forgotten.
In the introduction to this 1980 book, newspaper columnist Jack Anderson explains that after WWII, a vast peacetime atomic bureaucracy formed with the intention of using a massive public relations campaign to promote the idea of a nuclear utopia. Government bureaucrats used their fiefdoms to shroud everything in secrecy in order to hide nuclear wastes, radioactive seepages, reactor malfunctions and any other problems that might spoil the official ideal of a nuclear utopia.
The central theme of this book is about the use of public relations, and suppression of dissenting scientific views, to diffuse growing fears about radioactivity and achieve a favorable public attitude toward atomic energy. Several hundred thousand military personnel were ordered by the Pentagon to participate in atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands and Nevada from 1946 to 1963 and to help clean up rubble in the bombed Japanese cities. Working with the AEC, the Pentagon's mission for the soldiers was to serve as indoctrination subjects in the effects of atomic warfare - to condition the troops not to fear radiation so that "pentomic" infantry divisions could safely attack through an area ravaged by an atomic weapon immediately after the blast. Pentagon literature was carefully designed to assure soldiers that there was no justification for concern about witnessing atomic bomb blasts at close range, that exposure to bomb radiation was no different from getting medical x-rays, that plain soap and water washes away all contamination, and to use normal first aid care for any skin burns. At Camp Desert Rock (also called Camp Mercury) in Nevada, following each indoctrination session, a team of the Pentagon's HumRRO psychologists and sociologists used questionnaires to determine the effectiveness of the indoctrinations. The soldiers' responses served as feedback for improving the effectiveness of the indoctrinations and Army training courses. Many years later, a statistically large number of these veterans developed various types of cancer. By 1956, survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were showing a marked excess of leukemia, and Dr. Linus Pauling predicted a rash of cancers and genetic injuries among Americans exposed to ionizing radiation from the fallout from hundreds of nuclear weapons tests. Several hundred "atomic veterans" have filed claims for entitlements from the VA, and some of their claims were approved for various reasons, but the VA never acknowledged that the veterans' illnesses are related to radiation exposure even though some soldiers` military health records showed evidence of service-related radiation-induced disease. Some atomic veterans have said that their military health records, or important portions of the records indicating service-related radiation exposure, mysteriously disappeared. The author notes that "the Feres Doctrine prohibits servicemen or their survivors from suing the government on grounds of negligence for injuries sustained while in the Armed Forces. Soldiers also are limited to spending $10 in legal fees for the preparation of their claims to the Veterans Administration. The agency is the final arbiter of those claims; decisions by the Veterans Administration cannot be appealed in civil court."
The atomic energy public relations campaign continues today, promoting atomic energy as the safest and best power source for the utilities industry.
A story that must be told and understood