AUTHORZak, Dan
TITLEAlmighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age
PUBLISHERBlue Rider Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2016
ISBN978--0399173752


This book centers on the story of how an 80-year-old nun, a Vietnam War veteran, and a housepainter penetrated the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 2012 as a framework within which to examine the debate over the U.S. possession of nuclear weapons. The author, a Washington Post reporter, weaves the trespass of Y-12 – along with the activists’ life stories, arrests, prosecutions, and imprisonments – into the broader history of U.S. development of nuclear weapons. He includes the impact of nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands and Nevada, for instance. While he empathizes with the activists, his narrative provides an open-minded treatment of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment and the persistence of challenges posed by nuclear weapons. The strong moral conviction of the activists underlies the entire work


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