Nuclear Legacy: Students of Two Atomic Cities

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Told in the fresh and idealistic voices of students from two different countries, Nuclear Legacy: Students of Two Atomic Cities explores the past, present, and future of both the Tri-Cities area in the state of Washington and Slavutych in Ukraine, two cities established on nuclear-based industries.
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Gr 6 Up-A book with a particularly interesting premise and perspective. The authors are 13-to-16-year-old students from two communities that have been deeply affected by the development and aftermath of the atomic age: Richland, WA, where plutonium was processed for the Manhattan Project; and Slavutych, Ukraine, site of much of the devastation of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986. The essays cover the history of each town, the development of nuclear power and warfare, the secrecy involved in having family members working in this industry, and just growing up and doing normal things in extraordinary circumstances. Each piece is presented in English and Russian, although the translation into English is frequently very poor. The strongest aspects are the dramatic first-person accounts of the Soviet accident and interviews with prominent individuals and students on the future of their cities. Background information includes short sketches on Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Los Alamos, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Overall, though, the work is bogged down by too much irrelevant information, such as extensive local history and descriptions of wildlife (well done, but not related to the atomic situation at all). However, the primary concern is the overwhelming lack of documentation and citation. With very few exceptions, events, quotes, and statistics are presented with no sources listed. Full-color photos taken by the students are scattered throughout. While this book is an impressive example of what students in two countries can accomplish together in presenting stories seldom told, the negatives outweigh the positives for most collections.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Teenagers from a US and a Ukrainian town both dependent on the nuclear industry share views on growing up in their time and place. The Americans are from Richland, Washington, near the Hanford nuclear research facility where plutonium for the first atomic bomb was produced. The Ukrainians are from Slavutych, near the Chornobyl nuclear power plant; they recount being evacuated after the explosion there. The essays are in parallel columns of English and Ukrainian. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574770872
  • Publisher: Battelle Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Language: Ukrainian
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Reflections on Nuclear Culture
Chapter 1: The Frontier
Chapter 2: Hanford Beginnings - The Atomic Bomb and the Manhattan Project
Chapter 3: Hanford Community - WWII Cold War
Chapter 4: Chornobyl Beginnings
Chapter 5: Prypyat
Chapter 6: Reactors
Chapter 7: The Chornobyl Disaster
Chapter 8: Nuclear Legacy: Richland
Chapter 9: Nuclear Legacy: Chornobyl and Slavutych
Chapter 10: City of Slavutych Today
Chapter 11: City of Richland
Chapter 12: Diversification in the Business Community
Chapter 13: Diversification in Science and Technology
Chapter 14: The Future of Nuclear Energy
Chapter 15: Student Voices
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