Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Tragic 'Atomic Cover-up"
The full story is told for the first time in my book and e-book: Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Sinclair Books). This is a haunting account of how the shocking cover-up extended to President Truman, other presidents and the U.S. media. Footage shot by a Japanese newsreel team was also seized by the U.S. and buried. See a brief video with some of the footage below. David Friend of Vanity Fair calls it "a new work of revelatory scholarship and insight by Greg Mitchell that will speak to all of those concerned about the lessons of the nuclear age."
I've been writing about this subject for more than 30 years, driven by three facts: the U.S. still possesses 4400 nuclear warheads today and still has a "first-strike" policy; and nearly all of our top officials, and most in the media, continue to defend our use of the weapon in 1945, making it more likely they will be used again.
Atomic Cover-up takes a wide angle look at the use of the bomb in 1945--and its impact, other forms of official cover-up, and American opinion, right up to the present day. You can buy the e-book edition for Kindle, all phones, Blackberry, iPad, Macs and PCs (for just $3.99) via Amazon, and you do not need a Kindle. Print edition also available via Amazon.
And don't miss the wild Hollywood angle -- when the Truman White House censored the first major movie about The Bomb, from MGM, and even got the actor playing Truman fired! It's the subject of my current e-book Hollywood Bomb.
Why did the cover-up of the film footage matter? While Americans were denied important truths about The Bomb -- filmed by their own military -- a costly nuclear arms race ensued, nuclear power became entrenched, and millions of Americans (and many soldiers) were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation in our own country. Email me at: email@example.com. The video trailer below. --G.M.
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch