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This chapter begins with the author’s reflections on the morning after his rescue from a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. It tells the story of a trip to the South Pacific to meet with Micronesians who had been displaced from the Bikini Atoll because of nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s by the U.S. military. The soil was still radioactive, but the elders voted unanimously to return to Bikini to die in the land of their ancestors. The visit to Bikini to ensure that the former island residents fully understood the moral dilemma posed by their decision ended with a narrow escape from death for the Washington visitors and the loss of life for two members of the U.S. Navy.

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