New Mexico’s nuclear past explored in new book

This story was first published by Searchlight New Mexico.

Of the three waves of colonization that New Mexico went through – Spanish, American and nuclear – the latter is the least explored. And for author Myrriah Gómez, there were personal reasons for uncovering the truth about how “nuclear colonization” transformed the state’s past and continues to shape its future.

Gómez, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, is the author of Nuclear Nuevo México, a book that explores the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the underlying tension of life in its shadow. Its publication this month by the University of Arizona Press couldn’t be more timely: Los Alamos is preparing to construct plutonium “pits” to act as a trigger in nuclear weapons, placing the lab at the center of an ongoing national debate over nuclear Effects.