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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

J. Samuel Walker

J. Samuel WalkerFormer historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, J. Samuel Walker is the author of five books on the history of nuclear power regulation, including Three Mile Island (2004) and The Road to Yucca Mountain (2009), which received the OAH Richard W. Leopold Prize. He is also the author of Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan (3rd edition, 2016) and Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968 (2018), and a coauthor, with Randy Roberts, of The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball (2016). He has appeared on network and cable television programs about the atomic bomb, Three Mile Island, and the history of college basketball.


Process: A Blog for American History

March Went Mad Gradually and Inadvertently



Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy

This lecture was presented at the National Archives at Kansas City in April 2015, sponsored by the Harry S Truman Center for Governmental Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968

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