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Author Maclellan, Nic, author.

Title Grappling with the bomb : Britain's Pacific H-bomb tests / Nic Maclellan.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 383 pages) : illustrations
Series Pacific series
Pacific series.
Contents The leader: Sir Winston Churchill -- The survivors: Lemeyo Abon and Rinok Riklon -- The fisherman: Matashichi Oishi -- The Task Force Commander: Wilfred Oulton -- The businessman: James Burns -- The pacifist: Harold Steele -- Interlude: On radiation, safety and secrecy -- The Chief Petty Officer: Ratu Inoke Bainimarama -- The sailor: Paul Ah Poy -- The high chief: Ratu Penaia Ganilau -- The WVS ladies: Mary and Billie Burgess -- The pilot: Geoffrey Dhenin -- The Prime Minister: Harold Macmillan -- The Foreign Officer: Gillian Brown -- The telegraphist: Roy Sefton -- The soldiers: Isireli Qalo -- The Banaban: Tekoti Rotan -- The mothers: Sui Kiritome -- The last soldiers: Josefa Vueti -- The President: John F. Kennedy -- Interlude: Contested illnesses -- The research scientist: Al Rowland -- The litigant: Pita Rokoratu -- The Rear Admiral: Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.
Summary Grappling with the Bomb is a history of Britain's 1950s program to test the hydrogen bomb, code name Operation Grapple. In 1957-58, nine atmospheric nuclear tests were held at Malden Island and Christmas Island--today, part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Nearly 14,000 troops travelled to the central Pacific for the UK nuclear testing program--many are still living with the health and environmental consequences. Based on archival research and interviews with nuclear survivors, Grappling with the Bomb presents i-Kiribati woman Sui Kiritome, British pacifist Harold Steele, businessman James Burns, Fijian sailor Paul Ah Poy, English volunteers Mary and Billie Burgess and many other witnesses to Britain's nuclear folly.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-373) and index.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject Operation Grapple (Kiribati : 1956-1958)
Operation Grapple, Kiribati, 1956-1958.
Nuclear weapons -- Great Britain -- Testing.
Hydrogen bomb -- Great Britain -- Testing.
Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing.
Hydrogen bomb -- Oceania -- Testing.
Nuclear weapons testing victims -- Oceania.
Pacific Islanders -- Health and hygiene -- Oceania.
Nuclear explosions -- Environmental aspects -- Oceania.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Environmental aspects -- Oceania.
Great Britain -- Military policy.
Chronological Term 1956-1958
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Australian National University Press.
Other Form: Print version: Maclellan, Nic. Grappling with the bomb. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2017 9781760461379 (OCoLC)991596175
ISBN 9781760461386 (electronic bk.)
1760461385 (electronic bk.)