AUTHORGusterson, Hugh
TITLENuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

In this anthropological study, Guterson describes his experience studying the culture within the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory in northern California. He tries to bring a cultural perspective to the issue of nuclear weapons, one that transcends the political and military terms in which the nuclear infrastructure is defined. The author infuses much history into his text, perhaps to alleviate its major limitations. Though the scientific community at Livermore is his focus, federal laws prohibited him from observing the scientists at work, and much of their knowledge is classified. The book offers much relevant data on the U.S. nuclear weapons complex after the Cold War. However, it does more to examine the structure and the history of the nuclear weapons community than to express meaningfully its true culture.

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