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Paul Loeb's Nuclear Culture: Living & Working in the World's Largest Atomic Complex explores how individuals
who manufactured weapons of atomic destruction at Hanford, Washington, the world's largest nuclear complex, justified their work--and by
extension how all of us suppress or confront the critical issues of our time. "I could have been making lightbulbs," they explained. "I could have been working in a coal plant." "If the men who know best say we need the bombs, my job is to make the plants work the best I can."
"Vivid, sympathetic and chilling to the bone."--The Chicago Tribune
"As briliant as it is disturbing. The dangers of banality that threaten our sanityand existence have rarely been so vividly portrayed."--Studs Terkel
"Most disturbing."--The Washington Post
"An important book, wisely done. A lot of smart people who have some influence on the course of history will read and admire it--and learn from it."--Kurt Vonnegut
"A disturbing lesson: those most directly involved in nuclear
work are often those who think least about its implications."--The Christian Science Monitor
"Drawing on interviews, training manuals, and his own powers of observation, Loeb presents a chilling portrait of this 'reservation,' where the makings of a global holocaust accumulate hour by hour."--Scott Russell Sanders, The Progressive
"An intimate investigation. [The workers are] uncritical and
fiercely protective of 'atom city,' even at the expense of their own health and
safety."--Los Angeles Times
"Enjoyable and educational. It entertains as it stimulates serious thought...[Loeb] may well succeed in sturring the coals under a few of the rest of us, who wonder from our own ideal family towns just why the nuclear threat lives on."--Greenpeace
"Disturbing, fact-laden and just plain interesting. The
questions raised lie at the core of continued human survival."--John Nichols, The Dallas Times-Herald
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