Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert

Atomic Nevada: Deceptive is a scary word, especially with hesitation rising about government roles.  Since the start of the Atomic Era in the mid-1940s, the state of Nevada has lived with more than its share of misdirection, with senior figures in the military, tame politicians, scientific boffins, dismissive journalists, and government officials routinely bowing before the nuclear genie.  This book is for those interested in how and why manipulated language and imagery doled out by the atomic industry become parts of our lives.

Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert

Author examines how Nevada became Ground Zero of nuclear testing

Review written by: Susan Skorupa – Reno Gazette-Journal

Events in the 1950s and the 1980s concerning the nation’s nuclear future produced redundant journeys.

Both searches led seekers to Nevada (Nye County, specifically) first to what became the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas as a place to detonate nuclear weapons — from 1950 through 1992, more than 1,000 nuclear detonations were conducted above and under Nevada — and in 1987, to Yucca Mountain as a location on the test site to bury nuclear waste.

The journeys and their outcomes also created similar chains of rhetoric, press coverage, publicity and other responses that more than 60 years after the start of the nuclear age in Nevada has left the nation and the world with a stereotypical view of Nevadans and their world. That impression has propagated the notion of Nevada as wasteland and its people stereotypically as outsiders and loners, outlaws, gamblers and desert rats, oblivious to or uncaring about nuclear bombs and waste.

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