WHO REALLY PAID THE PRICE FOR THE BRITISH NUCLEAR TESTS IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK?
The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing. During the 1950s-60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil - at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs. RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk into radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris - none of them aware of the dangers they faced. But the betrayal didn't end with our soldiers.
Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies - their grieving parents were never told. Investigative journalist Frank Walker's MARALINGA is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.
About the Author
Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for The Sun-Herald covering defence, veterans affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on The Sydney Morning Herald, The National Times, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. He has published two books to date, The Tiger Man of Vietnam and Ghost Platoon. He lives in Sydney.
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Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th August 2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49