Amarillo is home to Pantex, the final assembly plant for all nuclear weapons in the United States. In this highly readable work, Mojtabai ( Mundome and other novels) brings to light the pervasiveness of apocalyptic themes in the minds of Amarillo's inhabitants. She examines the plant's managers and employees, the other citizens in town, and their views of the nuclear war threat. The bulk of the book is made up of her exploration of the fascinating, sometimes bizarre, eschatological beliefs of the many fundamentalist sects in Amarillo. Mojtabai conveys the essence of those beliefs in clear, concise prose. An understated yet forceful account of how one town rationalizes its support of the ultimate weapon of death. Randy Dykhuis, Grace A. Dow Memorial Lib., Midland, Mich.