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  • Hachette Australia

Maralinga: The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country

Frank Walker

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Australia, Biography, True stories, True war & combat stories, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, Humanities, History, Australasian & Pacific history, History: specific events & topics

The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing.

'Utterly gripping. It reads like a thriller.'

This edition contains a new author note with shocking new material that has come to light as a result of the groundbreaking original publication.

Investigative journalist Frank Walker's MARALINGA is a must-read true story of the abuse of our servicemen, scientists treating the Australian population as lab rats, and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.

During the Menzies era, with the blessing of the Prime Minister, the British government exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil. RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk into radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris - none of them aware of the dangers they faced.

But the betrayal didn't end with these servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the country to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their bodies - their grieving parents were never told. This chilling expose drawn from extensive research and interviews with surviving veterans reveals the betrayal of our troops and our country.

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Praise for Maralinga: The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country

  • An original and compelling account that succeeds in exposing the subterfuge and myopia of both British and Australian governments - SATURDAY PAPER

  • Demonstrates powerfully why, regardless of the context in which the testing took place, the emotional legacy of Maralinga will linger in the Australian psyche - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

  • Excellent examination of a dark chapter in Australian history - AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MAGAZINE

  • Utterly gripping. It reads like a thriller. - Jon Faine, ABC MELBOURNE

  • This book forces you to question our government and its role in the greatest miscarriage of justice this country has ever seen. - GOOD READING

  • an extraordinary yarn . . . finely researched - SUN-HERALD on THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM

  • thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account - SUN-HERALD on GHOST PLATOON

  • one of those great untold stories . . . Walker tells it with verve and excitement and with meticulous attention to detail


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Frank Walker

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN-HERALD covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, the NATIONAL TIMES, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling GHOST PLATOON in 2012, MARALINGA in 2014, COMMANDOS in 2015 and TRAITORS in 2017. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more information visit