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Paperback On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site Book

ISBN: 0803271018

ISBN13: 9780803271012

On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

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On the Home Front is the only comprehensive history of the Hanford Nuclear Site, America's most notorious plutonium production facility. Located in southeastern Washington State, the Hanford Site produced most of the plutonium used in the atomic bombs that effectively ended World War II. This book was made possible by the declassification in the 1980s of tens of thousands of government documents relating to the construction, operation, and maintenance...

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An Outstanding and Important History

Gerber's history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the culmination of years of research and based on thousands of declassified documents. It lays out the degredation of surface water, ground water, and air as plutonium production escalated in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and the associated developments in environmental monitoring and research...though alas, not public information. The issue is secrecy, and by implication, the physical and psychic damage secrecy inflicts on a democracy. I admire more than anything Gerber's refusal to paint the actors in black and white. This is an important and beautifully written book. If only every American knew this story.

Informative, interesting, and a good digest...

Dr. Gerber reduced the thousands of documents, memos, and misc data declassified reguarding the Hanford Area and the surrounding region from the very beginning of the Manhattan Project. Having lived there for a majority of my life in what was once the "Richland Village" and going to a high school with a mascot of the Bombers, this book was particularly interesting to me. It also allowed me to carry intelligent conversation with my grandfather (who worked there from the 50's till the 80's). Highly technical in parts but with some explaination, I reccommend you read a bit about radioactivity and geology to assist your understanding of the content.

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