Review of the Week

bombsGoldsmith, Connie. Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster. Non-fiction. 21st Century, 2014. 88p. PLB $34.60. 978-1-4677-1612-3. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-8.

The atomic testing over the Marshall Islands from 1946-58 is described in this clear, lively narrative paired with historic b&w photos. The author’s viewpoint is clear—the testing was both an environmental as well as human rights disaster. Yet this is conveyed with facts and avoids being heavy-handed. She quotes comedian Bob Hope to set the scene: “As soon as [WWII] ended, we located the one spot on Earth that hadn’t been touched by war and blew it to hell.” Other quotations from those involved, sidebars, and maps are helpful and expand on some subjects, and back matter includes source notes, a glossary, bibliography (including many primary sources), and index. An excellent resource on a little-known subject.

Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ, SLIS

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