"Should be viewed in every high school and college history classroom."?
— Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus
The American dropping of atomic bombs on Japan is arguably the defining event of the 20th century. Immediately following the bombings, Japanese cinematographers traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to chronicle the devastation. Once the US occupation began, American cameramen continued the documentation using color film. The US military and government, who wanted to shield the public from the true, prolonged effects of the bombs on humans, relegated what was made public to grainy black and white photos only of buildings and landscapes.
But those that shot the footage were determined that it be shown widely to help ensure that these weapons would never be used again. Atomic Cover-Up tells this story from the perspective of the cameramen from both countries, through their writings, a wealth of the long-suppressed footage, and other archival material. A unique and vital document that lays out for the first time this secret campaign of disinformation, Atomic Cover-Up offers an opportunity to come to a new, more complete understanding of these historic events.