Blown To Hell

America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders

Narrated by Chris Abernathy
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Pub Date 16 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 09 Nov 2021

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The most important place in American nuclear history are the Marshall Islands—an idyllic Pacific paradise that served as the staging ground for over sixty US nuclear tests. It was here, from 1946 to 1958, that America perfected the weapon that preserved the peace of the post-war years. It was here—with the 1954 Castle Bravo test over Bikini Atoll—that America executed its largest nuclear detonation, a thousand times more powerful than Hiroshima. And it was here that a native people became unwilling test subjects in the first large scale study of nuclear radiation fallout when the ashes rained down on powerless villagers, contaminating the land they loved and forever changing a way of life.

In Blown to Hell, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus tells for the first time the tragic story of the Marshallese people caught in the crosshairs of American nuclear testing. From John Anjain, a local magistrate of Rongelap Atoll who loses more than most; to the radiation-exposed crew of the Japanese fishing boat the Lucky Dragon; to Dr. Robert Conard, a Navy physician who realized the dangers facing the islanders and attempted to help them; to the Washington power brokers trying to keep the unthinkable fallout from public view . . . Blown to Hell tells the human story of America's nuclear testing program.

The most important place in American nuclear history are the Marshall Islands—an idyllic Pacific paradise that served as the staging ground for over sixty US nuclear tests. It was here, from 1946 to...


Advance Praise

“Using previously undiscovered declassified intelligence, Pincus’s ground-breaking reporting rewrites the history of the birth of the Atomic Age, revealing America’s complicity in an astounding cover-up on an unimaginable scale. Blown to Hell is a spell-binding scientific detective story, must reading for anyone who wants to learn about one of the worst governmental abuses in US history.”
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent/Anchor

“In riveting detail, Walter Pincus recounts the tragic encounter of a pre-modern people with history’s most powerful nation. He pierces the secrecy that shrouded America’s nuclear weapons tests and reveals the huge risks and outright deceptions officials willingly embraced. For those exposed, it was an awful reality. For us, it should be a timely and chilling warning.”
Jerry Brown, former California governor and executive chairman of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

“Every voter should read this revelatory book. After all, we’re all responsible for our government!” —Gloria Steinem

“Using previously undiscovered declassified intelligence, Pincus’s ground-breaking reporting rewrites the history of the birth of the Atomic Age, revealing America’s complicity in an astounding...


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