The Rainbow Warrior Affair


217 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-7725-1618-1





Reviewed by Raymond A. Jones

Raymond A. Jones is a history professor at Carleton University in


This small volume of just over 200 pages is an unashamedly partisan journalistic account of the Rainbow Warrior affair and will appeal to the committed anti-nuclear activist. The authors have a strong South Pacific background and the best part of their book is the account they give of the impact of both American and French atomic testing on the native peoples of the South Pacific.

The limitations of this sort of enterprise are well known. There are no footnotes and no bibliography and attributions are left unacknowledged so that the committed reader is left to take the authors’ information on trust. What should be a straightforward narrative is unnecessarily complicated by the cheap stylistic trick of interspacing supposed background information in between highlight action passages without regard to continuity. Fortunately the anti-nuclear case is already so strong that it will not suffer unduly from the efforts of these particular investigative journalists.


Shears, Richard, and Isobelle Gidley, “The Rainbow Warrior Affair,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 20, 2024,