AUTHORBurleson, Clyde W.
TITLENuclear Afternoon: True Stories of Atomic Disasters
PUBLISHERThunder's Mouth Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book attempts to strike a rational balance between anti-nuclear and pro-nuclear arguments by examining some of the atomic events that have caused fear and controversy during the later decades of the 20th century. By providing a readable, yet comprehensive narration of each event, the book hopes to illustrate the dangers of nuclear power and underscore the need to maintain stringent safety guidelines. Detailed and including eyewitness accounts, each of the fourteen chapters describes a major incident, including the Karen Silkwood controversy in 1974 (U.S.), the 1957 Windscale fire (UK), the 1975 fire at Browns Ferry (Alabama), the Three Mile Island meltdown of 1979 (Pennsylvania), and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster (Ukraine). Additionally, the book includes three chapters that describe the ways in which nuclear development may challenge federal assistance programs, transportation, and civil rights. The last chapter briefly outlines disaster planning and what must happen in order for nuclear energy to be a safe, reliable source of energy. A paperback version of the text has been published by several different publishers.

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