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The island of Bikini is at the cener of this meticulous reconstruction of the weapons tests conducted there. Jonathan Weisgall has been legal counsel to the Bikini islanders since 1975, and his narrative is most compelling when it stays close to the islanders. There is barely an analytical sentence in the book, and the author is prone to harsh adjectives for those who promulgated the tests. But the storytelling is first rate, and Weisgall has done more than his share of combining archives and dissecting oral history interviews.
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Lindee, S. M. (1995). Review of Jonathan M. Weisgall, Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll. Isis, 86 (2), 353-355. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/357225
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