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CONTENTS Prologue Departure Dress Rehearsal Able Day Baker Day The Count of Ten Appendix (A Layman's Guide to the Dangers of Radioactivity) PROLOGUE NOT SO LONG AGO San Francisco welcomed home the Independence, the first of the main target vessels to return from the atom bomb tests at Bikini. Photographs showed the familiar lines of the wrecked ship — her island carried away, her flight deck ripped up, her hangar deck caved in. In the pictures she looked less like a ship than a paper bag blown up and burst. It was the Inde- pendence all right, exactly as we had left her over a year ago in Kwajalein Harbor. Anyone who has known a modem carrier in action would be shocked by her mutilation. Although the first shot burst at some distance from her broadside, she was left little more than a derelict. Yet what is more impres- şive, and likely to be overlooked, is that she remains an outcast ship. The disease of radioactivity lingers on her decks and sides and along her dingy corridors. Blasted first from the air, she survived; smothered later under tons of water, she rode out the tidal wave of the second shot and remained afloat. But the invisible poison of radioactivity she could not throw off. Because of this, not because of structural damage, she had to be towed from Kwajalein home.
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