History Chair's Book Receives National Book Award

Mar. 2, 2018


Andy Kirk’s book Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History (Oxford University Press, 2016) is the recipient of the 2018 National Council on Public History Book Award. Kirk, chair and professor of history, used oral histories, agency documents and environmental history to tell the complex story of atmospheric atomic testing, primarily at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site situated in the Mojave and Great Basin deserts. The graphic history book was lauded as “innovative public history” with its more than 600 illustrative panels.