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The Bomb and Its Deadly Shadow

An illustrated memoir of the early days of the atomic bomb
By Dean Warren


The first atomic bomb detonated in the New Mexican desert at 5:30 AM on July 16th, 1945. On August 6th and 9th the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died and, with them, over 200,00 people. A year later, in July of 1946, the U.S. exploded the fourth and fifth bombs, in Bikini atoll. After each of those five shots, news of accompanying radiation shook the world. Today, with unfriendly states rushing to acquire nuclear weapons and with the Administration threatening pre-emption, readers should review lessons from the past.

Dean Warren, a writer and atomic veteran himself, has published an illustrated memoir of the early days of the atomic bomb, with emphasis on radiation dangers. As chief medical officer of the Manhattan Project, his father, Dr. Stafford L. Warren, set safety standards, guided the first detonation, led the initial team into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and fought with admirals to protect from radiation hazards the 42,000 men and women who attended the Bikini atom bomb tests.

The Bomb and Its Deadly Shadow is based on Dr. Warren's oral history, official reports, and Dean Warren's own memories as a radiation technician at Bikini. It's a warm intermingling of family history and desperate scientific enterprise, culminated by the definition of a new mortal threat.American Heritage magazine has contracted to publish a condensation.

Available from $19.99 trade paperback--ISBN: 1-4134-2907-6; $25.99 hardback-ISBN 1-4134-6385-1. Discounts for libraries and booksellers.

Dean Warren
232 Live Oak Lane
Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32714

February 1, 2005