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Allied Troops Prepared for Radiological Warfare on D-Day

Long before the completion of a working nuclear weapon by the United States at the end of World War Two, the United States contemplated the use of radioactive materials in warfare.From my book Nuclear Bodies:In a meeting of the Subcommittee of the S-1 Executive Committee (formerly the Uranium Committee of the US government’s Office of Scientific Research and Development) in October 1943, several of the top scientists overseeing the Manhattan Project considered methods of weaponizing radioactive

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New Books Network Interview on Nuclear Bodies

I had a conversation with Ran Zwigenberg of Penn State University about Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha on the New Books Network. You can listen to the interview on any podcast app, or you can listen online at the New Books site here. Ran is a great scholar and also a good friend, and so the discussion is engaged and

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Global Hibakusha Article Up at The Asia-Pacific Journal / Japan Focus

I've just published a article which provides an overview to my new book, Nuclear Bodies. The article is simply titled, "Global Hibakusha," and can be found on the website of The Asia-Pacific Journal / Japan Focus. The article gives a quick overview of the structure and arguments of the book. It also has many of the short videos I produced on the book's themes embedded in the article itself. You can read the article here.You can find the website for Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakushai here.The

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Nuclear Bodies Released in North America

My new book Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha, has been released by Yale University Press in North America. You can now buy a copy through bookstores and online book sites. Links to major online suppliers are included on my website built for the book, which you can find here. The book will not be in stock at the Yale University Press warehouse in the UK until early May, and so it will become available in the rest of the world in May. Keep checking the book's website to learn about upcoming

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CORE Statement on the Risk to Nuclear Reactor Sites in Ukraine During Wartime

CORE Statement on the Risk to Nuclear Reactor Sites in Ukraine During WartimeWe are disturbed by reports of targeted Russian attacks on nuclear reactor sites within Ukraine, at Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia.Nuclear reactor sites house active as well as spent fuel and other radioactive waste onsite. Multiple, redundant backup systems work to keep these facilities running safely during standard operations. Yet these back-up systems have failed catastrophically in the past from combinations of design

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Cities of Peace Roundtable: From Atlanta to Hiroshima

I'll be joining with scholars from the Carter Center in Atlanta in a roundtable discussion on "Cities of Peace Roundtable: From Atlanta to Hiroshima," on Wednesday the 16th. The event is part of the Global Media Festival hosted by the School of Modern Languages of Georgia Tech.For information, and to register to join for free visit: https://library.gatech.edu/events/cities-peace-roundtable-atlanta-hiroshimaWe'll be discussion Peace Studies and the current situation in the world along with the

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Nuclear Bodies Now Available

Ahead of schedule, my new book Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha has been released by Yale University Press.It is currently shipping in the US and Canada. It will be available in other countries in another month or so.To learn more about the book, and to find links to order it from Yale and other online sellers, visit the book's homepage: https://nuclearbodies.com

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COVID Calls Interview on Global Hibakusha w/Scott Gabriel Knowles

Scott Gabriel Knowles is a historian of disaster and a professor at the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Scott has been a pioneer in "disaster studies" as an academic discipline, and has been conducting a series of wide-ranging interviews with a spectrum of people on his COVIDcalls livestream and podcast. I had the privilege of talking with Scott this week about my book, Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha, nuclear

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