Publication Date: December 21, 2010
A memoir by Michael Harris of his year at Eniwetok with the Army’s nuclear program.
The author gifted a copy of this novel to me in exchange for my review.
The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground is terrifying, funny, sad and sweet. It is a landmark of a life only read about and that readers will find stranger than fiction. Written in an engagingly descriptive conversational tone, Harris acquaints readers with Eniwetok (an atoll in the Pacific) and an Army program on the edge in the 1950s.
One of the challenges of a nonfiction military memoir is that a lot of what the author may have done would be classified. Readers may realize as the memoir comes to a close that we’re not really sure what Harris and his cohorts were doing in the program. If you’re a time traveling spy looking for specifics of a nuclear program in the 50s, The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground is not the book for you. Harris covers what can’t be said brilliantly with some truly interesting characters.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and likely avoid lawsuits from the not so innocent). The story is one of extremes in which the men are experiencing great trauma for what they hope is an overall greater good. While the personalities are over the top, they read as real for the time and situation. There is a desperation to isolation and living on the edge that manifests itself in a manic hilarity at some times and deadly violence at others. Digging under the narrative there is a disturbing evil that will horrify readers and clarifies a mistrust of the establishment of the generation.The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground is a well written and engaging look at a point in time that most Americans could not have imagine. By the end of the memoir, I was hoping for an update and Harris does not disappoint. The last page is lovely and a perfect cap to an emotional piece.
Everyone should read The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris. There was a time that our government treated its military personnel as disposable and its important that everyone knows that. There is much in The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground not for children but at some point they should know and never forget the lengths to which our young men went in the name of preserving the greatest nation.
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Michael Harris is also one of the authors of the Thriller Killer Series. Check out my Brainwashed: Book No. 1 review.
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