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Romancing the atom : nuclear infatuation from the radium girls to Fukushima

Author: Robert R Johnson
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2012. ©2012.
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Overview: This book presents a compelling account of atomic development over the last century that demonstrates how humans have repeatedly chosen to ignore the associated impacts for the sake of technological, scientific, military, and economic expediency. -- Draws from top-secret government and military documents from the history of atomic development, archival documents from the Library of Congress, and letters  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, Robert R., 1951-
Romancing the atom
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, ©2012
[electronic resource].
(OCoLC)808867213
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert R Johnson
ISBN: 9780313392795 031339279X 9780313392801 0313392803
OCLC Number: 696099296
Awards: Winner of 2014 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award 2014 (United States)
Description: xvi, 217 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction--
Part 1: Inventing The Atomic Mindset: Dial Painters, Comic Books, And Paradise Lost: --
For the love of pretty things: the radium girls and "dying for science" --
On a need-to-know basis: from "the bomb" to the uranium frenzy to the living room --
Only answered in the stars: the human testing of the bikini islanders--
Part 2: Using The Atomic Mindset: Native Americans, Guinea Pigs, And Uranium Cottage Industries: --
Engagements with rocks and land: uranium, dine culture, and the yellow monster --
Dangerous Familiars Part 1: Nuclear science and its human subjects --
Dangerous Familiars Part 2: Three cases of human testing, 1949-2011 --
Doing it in the backyard: Alba Craft, Inc, Part 1 --
Part 3: Confronting The Atomic Mindset: Community Action, The Rhetoric Of Nuclear Power, And Fukushima: --
What's a community to do?: Alba Craft, Inc, Part 2 --
Nuclear green and the end of power --
Nightmares revisited: Japan, Tsunamis, the Atom, and ironies --
Afterword: Of romance, Soteigai, celebrations, and the mundane --
Appendix: Living in an atomic world: voices from "on the ground" of the nuclear age --
Making Up Your Own Mindset: Reading group discussion questions and classroom resources --
Bibliography--
Index.
Other Titles: Nuclear infatuation from the radium girls to Fukushima
Responsibility: Robert R. Johnson.

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