AUTHORHampton, Wilborn
TITLEMeltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter’s Story
PUBLISHERCandlewick Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED2001
ISBN0-7636-0715-0


This book presents a reporter’s perspective of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, a nuclear power generating facility in southeastern Pennsylvania. The first chapter provides a short history of the atomic age, with descriptions of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book then gives a brief technical explanation of the accident and possible meltdown at Three Mile Island and describes the surrounding events, focusing on the journalistic aspects of the crisis. Author Wilborn Hampton follows Harold Denton, Director of Operations at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh as they contemplate evacuations and attempt to contain the situation and allay residents' fears. The final chapter describes the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. The book contains many human interest photographs of the Three Mile Island accident and its aftermath, as well as some of Hiroshima and Chernobyl. Hampton covered the Three Mile Island accident for United Press International.


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