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Summary ï The Firecracker Boys: H-bombs, Eskimos, and the Birth of the Environmental Movement 108 Ö In 1958 Edward Teller father of the H bomb unveiled his plan to detonate six nuclear bombs off the Alaskan coast to create a new harbor However the plan was blocked by a handful of EskiIn 1958 Edward Teller father of the H bomb unveiled his plan to detonate six nuclear bombs off the Alaskan coast to create a new harbor However the plan was blocked by a handful of Eskimos and biologists who succeeded in preventing massiv. On my recent and only trip to Alaska a friend took us to a wonderful play about the history of Alaska as seen through Inuit eyes The play transformed my entire view of Alaska and the Arctic and gave me an exciting new approach to our entire trip This book continues that experience It tells the story of the United States’ AEC attempt to use Alaska as a testing ground for nuclear weapons It tells the story of how we as a people as a nation have not been able to see the world except through our own narrow perspective We saw Alaska as a barren land with nothing there and hence a great place to test nuclear explosions Of course Alaska and the Arctic are not barren and there are people animals plants and an entire culture there but we couldn’tcan’t see it I was impressed with the some of the academics at the University of Alaska – eg professors of biology and that some were willing to sacrifice jobs and lifestyle to a higher moral purpose I wonder if I would have been able to make such a noble choiceMy favorite chapter was probably The AEC Meets the Eskimos I loved the informationstories about the Inuit and their fascination with tape recorders This wasis an oral culture and the tape recorder was a perfect technology for them Be sure to read the Epilogue the Afterword and the Methodology sections I often read these sorts of sections first but this time my advice is to wait and read them after you have finished the main portion of the bookThe book occasionally shows bias since it is also my bias it is easy to overlook but it is based on oral history interviews and a large set of documents some only recently released the book was originally published in 1995 so the word recently here is means 20 plus years ago I very much appreciate the work of the author to do interviews and visit sites before people died I appreciate his attempt to be fair

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Ement As one of Alaska's most prominent authors Dan O'Neill brings to these pages his love of Alaska's landscape his skill as a nature and science writer and his determination to expose one of the most shocking chapters of the Nuclear Age. I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot

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The Firecracker Boys H bombs Eskimos and the Birth of the Environmental MovementE nuclear devastation potentially far greater than that of the Chernobyl blast The Firecracker Boys is a story of the US government's arrogance and deception and the brave people who fought against it launching America's environmental mov. Living in Alaska by the time I started to show interest about The Firecracker Boys a lot of the people I know had already read it Most of them said that it was very interesting but also dry Iagree only partially with this statement The story about American scientists wanting to blow up a hole supposedly to make a harbor on the coast of Alaska using nuclear bombs sounds almost taken out of a bad sci fi story So knowing that this almost happened and all the institutional lies that accompanied this project makes your blood run cold The way in which some people actually lost their jobs fighting against this possible disaster makes one believe again in humankindIt is true that there is an impressing amount of detail scientific social and political but the strength of the story makes for a very easy read Thumbs up for Dan O'Neill