Book Of The Day – The Atomic Times

by Greg on November 30, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Memoir by bestselling author Michael Harris – and it’s on sale! The Atomic Times has a great 4.1 star rating and is only $2.99 – save $2!

“A gripping memoir leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment. A tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.” Henry Kissinger



The Atomic Times
by Michael Harris
Rating: 4.1 Stars
Genre: Memoir
Price: $2.99 save $2

 

Operation Redwing, the biggest and baddest of America’s atmospheric nuclear weapons test regimes, mixed saber rattling with mad science, while overlooking the cataclysmic human, geopolitical and ecological effects. But mostly, it just messed with guys’ heads.

Major Maxwell, who put Safety First, Second and Third. Except when he didn’t.

Berko, the wise-cracking Brooklyn Dodgers fan forced to cope with the H-bomb and his mother’s cookies.

Tony, who thought military spit and polish plus uncompromising willpower made him an exception.

Carl Duncan, who clung to his girlfriend’s photos and a dangerous secret.

Major Vanish, who did just that.

In THE ATOMIC TIMES, Michael Harris welcomes readers into the U.S. Army’s nuclear family, the F-words were Fallout and Fireball. In a distinctive narrative voice, Harris describes his H-bomb year with unforgettable imagery and insight into the ways isolation and isotopes change men for better and for worse.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“Brilliantly conceived, elegantly rendered and persuasively authentic.”
Robert B. Parker, bestselling author of the Spenser and Jesse Stone series

*******

“One of the best books I’ve ever read, combining elements of Catch 22 and Dr. Strangelove in a memoir both hilarious and tragic. A ‘must’ read, destined to become a classic.”
John G. Stoessinger, Ph.D. (Harvard), winner of the Bancroft Prize for Inernational Affairs, member of the Council on Foreign Relations

*******

“Harris has seamlessly presented a colorful cast of characters, and a shockingly honest depiction of his experience. The effect is at once deeply personal and politically profound.”
Senator Charles Schumer

*******

“Harris’ frank and disturbing descriptions of the criminally irresponsible proceedings on Eniwetok, and the physical and mental pain he and others endured, constitute shocking additions to atomic history. Amazingly enough, given his ordeal, Harris remains healthy.”
Booklist

*******

“Harris uses a chatty, dead-pan voice that highlights the horrifying absurdity of life on the island: the use of Geiger counters to monitor scrambled eggs’ radiation level, three-eyed fish swimming in the lagoon, corroded, permanently open windows that fail to keep out the radioactive fall-out and men whose toenails glow in the dark. (The money initially earmarked for enlisted men’s goggles was diverted to buy new furniture for the colonel’s house. ‘Goggles are important,’ Harris is told. ‘But the colonel’s furniture is important, too.’) An entertaining read in the bloodline of Catch-22, Harris achieves the oddest of victories: a funny, optimistic story about the H-bomb.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Get The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground here: The Atomic Times

About The Author


MICHAEL HARRIS spent years as a public relations executive at CBS Television, eleven of them on The Ed Sullivan Show. He was the first person to welcome the Beatles to America on their initial trip to the United States and wrote the national bestseller ALWAYS ON SUNDAY: AN INSIDE VIEW OF ED SULLIVAN, THE BEATLES, ELVIS, SINATRA & ED’S OTHER GUESTS. With his wife, NY Times bestselling novelist Ruth Harris, he co-authored the bestsellers HOOKED, BRAINWASHED and KILLER THRILLERS. All his books are now on Kindle.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Michael Harris and ENT appreciate it.

 

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