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Maralinga : The Chilling Expose of Our Secret Nuclear Shame and Betrayal of Our Troops and Country - Frank Walker


The Chilling Expose of Our Secret Nuclear Shame and Betrayal of Our Troops and Country

Paperback Published: 31st May 2016
ISBN: 9780733635939
Number Of Pages: 368

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The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing.

'Utterly gripping. It reads like a thriller.'


This edition contains a new author note with shocking new material that has come to light as a result of the groundbreaking original publication.

Investigative journalist Frank Walker's Maralinga is a must-read true story of the abuse of our servicemen, scientists treating the Australian population as lab rats, and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.

During the Menzies era, with the blessing of the Prime Minister, the British government exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil. 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 these servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the country to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their bodies - their grieving parents were never told. This chilling expose drawn from extensive research and interviews with surviving veterans reveals the betrayal of our troops and our country.

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. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, The Tiger Man Of Vietnam - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling Ghost Platoon in 2012, Maralinga in 2014 and Commandos in 2015. He lives in Sydney with his family.

Industry Reviews

An original and compelling account that succeeds in exposing the subterfuge and myopia of both British and Australian governments - SATURDAY PAPER

Demonstrates powerfully why, regardless of the context in which the testing took place, the emotional legacy of Maralinga will linger in the Australian psyche - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

Excellent examination of a dark chapter in Australian history - AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MAGAZINE

Utterly gripping. It reads like a thriller. - Jon Faine, ABC MELBOURNE

This book forces you to question our government and its role in the greatest miscarriage of justice this country has ever seen. - GOOD READING

an extraordinary yarn . . . finely researched - SUN-HERALD on THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM

thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account - SUN-HERALD on GHOST PLATOON

one of those great untold stories . . . Walker tells it with verve and excitement and with meticulous attention to detail


a must read


this book will enlighten people of how governments can betray and treat their own country men and women with contempt even to this day.



Compulsory Australian read


Awesome truthful harrowing account of our untold hidden history This book should be on book lists for all Australian school children



Like our terrible treatment of our First Australians.


I learnt about this book on PBS news on SBS. It is the very well-researched true story of the exploitation and murders of Osage Indians in Oklahoma for the money paid to them for the oil extracted from their lands and the formation of the FBI. Our Aboriginals are STILL being treated so very poorly too! The very first paragraph of this book, if you love nature, is exquisite and I am now seeking books by the late Osage writer, John Joseph Mathews.

Cessnock, NSW


Great read.


Read it!!



Every person should read this book. Startling, horrifying


This book has changed the way I think about politics and the way this horrifying events were hidden and played down to our citizens

Perth australia



5.0 5


ISBN: 9780733635939
ISBN-10: 0733635938
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 31st May 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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