The Greenpeace Book of Nuclear Age

The Greenpeace Book of Nuclear Age

by Phillip Berryman

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Greenpeace's antinuclear stance is quickly revealed in the introductory essays of this chronological summary of military and civilian nuclear accidents from 1945 to January, 1989. The well-known (Chernobyl) and obscure (Goiania, Brazil, and Antarctica's Nukey Poo Reactor) accidents are chronicled. Students will find the chapter on the fundamentals of nuclear science helpful, and the detailed index makes the book's information easily accessible. A glossary of key terms greatly enhances understanding of the text, as do the diagrams that accompany discussion of the technical aspects of nuclear science. While not a comprehensive source, the book's broad coverage does make it a valuable place to begin research on this aspect of the nuclear age. The bibliographic documentation is thorough and uniquely presented. Each accident discussed is supported by extensive notes and documentation found in the appendix. Researchers concerned with Greenpeace's bias can seek out the many diverse sources that are cited for verification or another interpretation. Incidents occurring in the U. S. receive more extensive coverage because of access to government documents, yet a global perspective is presented. Students will also find the arrangement useful in studying decades and compiling timelines. --Matthew Kollasch, Cedar Falls High School, IA

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