Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga story by Elizabeth Tynan (Book review)

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    Maralinga is a name familiar to most Australians as the site of British nuclear testing in the 1950s. Less familiar are the earlier tests at the Monte Bello Islands off Western Australia and Emu Field in South Australia. All have left a toxic legacy in our history.

    Elizabeth Tynan’s finely researched book on the history of Maralinga and its precursors brings to light a remarkable period of Australian history that serves as a potent warning against complacency and lack of critical scrutiny of government policies, particularly on matters of ‘national security’. As South Australia again puts itself forward as a guinea pig, this time for a radioactive waste dump, it is timely to consider the lessons of the past and just how worthless government safety assurances can be.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-23
    Number of pages1
    JournalAustralian Book Review
    Issue number389
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


    • Maralinga
    • Nuclear testing
    • Government policy
    • Atomic weapons
    • Literary review


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