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Book Event: Walter Pincus’ “Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders”

November 10, 2021 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for a book event featuring Walter Pincus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief, and the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders.

In Blown to Hell, Pincus exposes the darkest secret in American nuclear history―sixty-seven nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands that decimated a people and their land. It was on the Marshall Islands, from 1946 to 1958, where America perfected the weapon that preserved the peace of the post-war years and executed its largest nuclear detonation―a thousand times more powerful than Hiroshima. It was also where native Marshallese people became, without knowing, test subjects in the first large-scale study of nuclear radioactive fallout when the ashes rained down for five hours on powerless villagers, contaminating the land they loved and forever changing their way of life.

In this event, Walter Pincus will be joined by Andrew Schwartz, CSIS’s Chief Communications Officer, to discuss America’s betrayal of the Marshall Islands as illustrated in Blown to Hell, and what this tragedy can teach us about the risks that the world continues to face from nuclear weapons.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Walter Pincus
Senior National Security Columnist, The Cipher Brief