Before the Bomb

Before the Bomb – book review

This is a review of Before the Bomb: The Prediction of the Radiological Effects of Atomic Bombs From Knowledge Published Prior to August 1945 by Paul Langley.   Port Willunga, South Australia. Copyright: 11 May 2009. ISBN: 978-0-646-51823-7

Where do we go, to find out about the radiological effects of atomic weapons?

We usually seek out the rather patchy and incomplete stories of the victims – those at the “receiving end” of bombing, at Hiroshima, or of the atomic tests of Nevada, of Mururoa, Montebello, Maralinga. These have been covered in several books.

But, how much was known about these radiological effects before the Bomb?

Here, at last, is the book that answers this question. And Paul Langley’s book The Prediction of the Radiological Effects of Atomic Bombs From Knowledge Published Prior to August 1945 answers it with evidence in forensic detail, a plenitude of exact primary documentary evidence, including digital evidence available on the Internet.

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