review of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert review of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert  – By Judy Winzeler 

This review is from: Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert (paperback).  Mackedon is one of a growing number of Nevada poets, novelists, artists and scholars who are recording the nuclear history of the state and nation. Her approach is far-ranging and her book particularly accessible. It is filled with scholarship but is a popular rather than an academic book. An added advantage for busy people is that this book can easily be browsed; each chapter or section can stand alone, and many pages are illustrated with quotes, drawings or sidebars with interesting information. The 23 page full-color chapter on Atomic Pop draws on the extensive collection of artist Peter Goin who was also involved in the artistic design of the book. In short, this is a unique book that draws on Mackedon extensive research of government documents, her service as Vice-chair of the Nevada Nuclear Commission, her rhetorical skills as a Professor of English, and her personal perspectives as a Nevada native.

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