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ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made [Kindle Edition]

Greg Mitchell

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In his latest book, which has gained national attention, award-winning author Greg Mitchell probes a turning point in U.S. history: the suppression of film footage, for decades, shot by a U.S. Army unit in Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- with staggering consequences even today. This is a detective story, and one of the last untold stories of World War II, and it has far-reaching impact. The shocking cover-up even extended to Hollywood -- with President Truman censoring an MGM film.


Mitchell, co-author of the classic "Hiroshima in America" and eleven other books, now reveals the full story, based on new research -- from the Truman Library to Nagasaki. Along the way the book tells the story of our "nuclear entrapment" -- from Hiroshima to Fukushima.

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."


How did this cover-up happen? Why? And what did the two military officers, Daniel McGovern and Herbert Sussan, try to do about it, for decades? There was no WikiLeaks then to air the film. "Atomic Cover-up" answers all of these questions in a quick-paced but often surprising narrative.


"Atomic Cover-Up" opens this way: "This is the story of twenty hours of film footage, blazing with color, shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early 1946 by a U.S. military crew, that would change the lives of many people, including two American soldiers, and me. Its effect on us, and others, is deep and mysterious, because the film was hidden for decades and almost no one could see it, although that is also why its influence on each of us was so profound. While this unique and disturbing color film languished in obscurity, the atomic bombings fell into 'a hole in human history,' as the writer Mary McCarthy observed, and a costly nuclear arms race ensued. Nuclear threats of all kinds plague us to this day."

Mitchell's classic Random House book "The Campaign of the Century" won the Goldsmith Book Prize and has just been published for the first time as an e-book.. His most recent e-book, on the Occupy Wall Street movement, is titled "40 Days That Shook the World."

His other recent books and e-books are "The Age of WikiLeaks," "Bradley Manning," and "Dead Reckoning" (on the death penalty in America).



Robert Jay Lifton, author of "Death in Life" (winner of the National Book Award) and numerous other acclaimed books, writes: "Greg Mitchell has been a leading chronicler for many years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and American behavior toward them. Now he has written the first book devoted to the suppression of historic film footage shot by Japanese and Americans in the atomic cities in 1945 and 1946. He makes use of key interviews and documents to record an extremely important part of atomic bomb history that deserves far more attention today."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair Books (12 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CKK9IG
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOM! It didn't have to happen 11 Aug. 2013
By B. Illes - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot of mythology surrounded the atomic bomb attacks on Japan in 1945, and they tend to cover up the real reasons and what really happened. This book is an unfolding detective drama about the behind the scenes calculations, cover ups of a film about the attacks -- and it's not particularly pretty. A good companion piece to Oliver Stone's superb "Untold History of the United States". Things aren't always as they seem, and even "good guy" governments, like ours, do some dastardly things. And still do, and might. Knowledge and skepticism are powerful things to have in a democracy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject, lack of focus 31 Aug. 2014
By Jeanne M. - Published on Amazon.com
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The book starts off promising an insightful and emphatic account of two men's struggle to free a crucial account of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. Unfortunately, then the author places himself in the account and can't resist the temptation of some journalistic boastfulness at his own successes and professional achievements made on the back of the experiences of his subject matter. This severely detracts from the focus of the account. If he had rather engaged with the 'cover-up' in the title a little more instead of merely recounting his own (sponsored) travels to the atomic cities and how he was the first or only person to do any number of atom bomb-related things, this book would have added infinitely more to the collective history of the bombings. Punting his other works in the book also didn't add to the reading pleasure. Altogether an interesting book, but ultimately disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Everyone 6 Oct. 2013
By Joseph A. Vitovec - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the very important documents to surface from the vaults of our government that will make you pause and question the ethics of very important persons. Does the end really juistify the means?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
By Thomas Kobara - Published on Amazon.com
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Well-documented with extensive bibliography. When will the government release couple of miles of footage?
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair, excellent, accurate 12 Jun. 2014
By Arash Rahi - Published on Amazon.com
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History is written by those who win.... sadly, Truman is no better than Hitler in committing war crimes. Thanks you for opening our eyes.
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