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Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age

Book Specification

Binding Hardcover
Language English
Number Of Pages 264
Author Fred Pearce
Publisher Beacon Press
Isbn-10 0807092495
Isbn-13 9780807092491
Dimension 16.0*2.29*23.62

Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age

Fred Pearce's Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age

An investigation into our complicated 8-decade-long relationship with nuclear technology, from the bomb to nuclear accidents to nuclear waste.From Hiroshima to Chernobyl, Fukushima to the growing legacy of lethal radioactive waste, humanity's struggle to conquer atomic Energy is rife with secrecy, deceit, human error, blatant disregard for life, short-sighted politics, and fear. Fallout is an eye-opening odyssey through the first eight decades of this struggle and the radioactive landscapes it has left behind. We are, he finds, forever torn between technological hubris and all-too-human terror about what we have created.At first, Pearce reminds us, America loved the bomb. Las Vegas, only seventy miles from the Nevada site of some hundred atmospheric tests, crowned four Miss Atomic Bombs in 1950s. Later, communities downwind of these tests suffered high cancer rates. The fate of a group of Japanese fishermen, who suffered high radiation doses from the first hydrogen bomb test in Bikini atoll, was worse. The United States Atomic Energy Commission accused them of being Red spies and ignored requests from the doctors desperately trying to treat them.Pearce moves on to explore the closed cities of the Soviet Union, where plutonium was refined and nuclear bombs tested throughout the '50s and '60s, and where the full extent of environmental and human damage is only now coming to light. Exploring the radioactive badlands created by nuclear accidents--not only the well-known examples of Chernobyl and Fukushima, but also the little known area around Satlykovo in the Russian Ural Mountains and the Windscale fire in the UK--Pearce describes the compulsive secrecy, deviousness, and lack of accountability that have persisted even as the Technology has morphed from Military to civilian uses. Finally, Pearce turns to the toxic legacies of nuclear technology: the emerging dilemmas over handling its waste and decommissioning of the great radioactive structures of the nuclear age, and the fearful doublethink over the world's growing stockpiles of plutonium, the most lethal and ubiquitous product of nuclear technologies. For any reader who craves a clear-headed examination of the tangled relationship between a powerful Technology and human politics, foibles, fears, and arrogance, Fallout is the definitive look at humanity's nuclear adventure.
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Why you should read Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age by Fred Pearce

This book has been written by Fred Pearce, who has written books like Water Lands: A vision for the world's wetlands and their people,The Coming Population Crash: and Our Planet's Surprising Future,When the Rivers Run Dry: The Global Water Crisis and How to Solve It,Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age,When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century. The books are written in Reference,Environment,Healthy Living & Wellness category. This book is read by people who are interested in reading books in category : Healthy Living & Wellness. So, if you want to explore books similar to This book, you must read and buy this book.

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