Atomic Thunder – The Maralinga Story, Elizabeth Tynan
373 pp, 24 x 16 cm
In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to the British testing atomic weapons in Australia that wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities and turned the land into a radioactive wasteland.
This book reveals the devastating consequences of that decision. How could a democracy such as Australia host another country’s nuclear program in the midst of the Cold War? In this meticulously researched and shocking work, journalist and academic Elizabeth Tynan reveals how Australia allowed itself to be duped.