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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY! Catch-22 with radiation! Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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


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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests

 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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I enjoyed the book.  Our government cooked those men, The Atomic vets paid for it over the years.  The book showed the conflict between GI's who knew better and typical officers who did anything to further their careers.  I still don't understand why hundreds of men had to stand at attention receiving the blast of H bomb after H bomb, other than cooking them, what did we learn?
 

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I'm glad you enjoyed THE ATOMIC TIMES and glad I'm still here so I can thank you for your post.  As you might imagine, some of my friends weren't so fortunate.

As to what did we learn, it's a good question with no answer.

Thanks for taking the time to get in touch, Michael Harris
 

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"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD, RAUNCHY!  Catch-22 with radiation!  Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove!

"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 

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"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

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.

"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

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.



The Atomic Times is also available in a boxed set with Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests
 
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