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Cecile Pineda
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March 1, 2012 0916727998 978-0916727994 1ST

As much personal journal as investigative journalism, this account traces the worsening developments at Fukushima Daiichi during the first year following the nuclear disaster. Often poetic in tone and philosophic in scope, this day-to-day reportage is peppered with the author’s reflections and dramatic monologues as she investigates the public’s willing blindness toward the nuclear power industry’s disregard for public safety in the pursuit of profit. The book offers a unique perspective and attempts to come to terms with Fukushima’s catastrophic consequences on the planet.


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"A revelation and a searing denunciation of the worldwide nuclear energy industry. . . . Contains everything you always wanted to know about Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and nuclear energy in general but were afraid to ask. It is a work of a conscience truly in touch with, and deeply concerned about, humanity."  —John Nichols, author, The Milagro Beanfield War



"A book to savor slowly and/or stay up all night reading, a book to quote, share with friends, and tuck into a time capsule for future beings who wonder whatever happened here."  —Barbara George, founder, Women's Energy Matters

"Unfolding through a series of beguiling, passionate and often revelatory entries in a daily chronicle, at times with a flair for scintillating satire, Pineda's masterful framing of the urgency for readers to learn from the Japanese nuclear disaster and the machinations of its industry handlers makes Devil's Tango one of the most important and required reads this year. . . . In the end, with an unremittingly courageous if not prophetic voice, Pineda's day-to-day exposé transcends the ruts of most energy debates to raise these larger questions about one of the seminal crises of our times." —www.HuffingtonPost.com


"Devil's Tango provides ample evidence that the Fukushima disaster was caused primarily by the earthquake of March 11, 2011. The tsunami that followed made things worse. But the atomic reactors there and around the world remain far more vulnerable to seismic shocks than their builders want us to know." —www.CounterPunch.org


"In Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step Cecile Pineda has delivered a poetic, profound meditation on the slowly unfolding death of the natural world by man-made radiation. She's not the only one who sees it, but she's in a very small group of people currently alive on the planet who are able to face annihilation without blinking." —www.Went2TheBridge.blogspot.com

About the Author

Cecile Pineda is the author of several novels, including Face, Fishlight: A Dream of Childhood, and Love Queen of the Amazon. She is the recipient of the Californian Commonwealth Club’s Gold Medal, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a National Book Award nomination. She lives in Berkeley, California.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Press; 1ST edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916727998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916727994
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living on the shiny surfaces of things August 7, 2012
By Kulu
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In Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step Cecile Pineda has delivered a poetic, profound meditation on the slowly unfolding death of the natural world by man-made radiation. She's not the only one who sees it, but she's in a very small group of people currently alive on the planet who are able to face annihilation without blinking.

Pineda uses Fukushima as a jumping off point to make a convincing case that production of nuclear fuel for whatever purpose is effectively conducting war on the living inhabitants of the world. She acknowledges that a culture built on attending to the shiny surface of things is designed to overlook: The hundreds of thousands of nameless Russians who died burying Chernobyl. The fact that your government makes weapons out of depleted uranium, weapons that have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan and many other places, creating soil and dust that produces human fetuses so deformed they are not recognizably human. The fact the U.S. is full of G.E.-built Mark I Boiling Water Reactors, many sitting on top of seismic faults, others sitting right on the shoreline of the Pacific or Atlantic region of Earth's one ocean.

I realized I can no longer count all the people you've known who survived, or did not survive, cancer. Cause and effect break down when cause is an invisible, tasteless, odorless substance that takes longer to break down than does the human body.

Official pronouncements coached by top dollar public relations firms can steer public perception, but they cannot change facts on the ground. Pineda writes:

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rhythm of Life and Death May 25, 2012
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Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step DEVIL'S TANGO by Cecile Pineda is a well researched, fearsome, enlightening and shocking book. Ms. Pineda connects the dots of the past while counting down the days since the horrifying Fukushima disaster that she refers to as our planetary catastrophe of March 11, 2011. It is with great skill that Ms. Pineda presents what we need to know in order to face the tragic truth of our nuclear polluted world. This book will be a great resource for the reader who decides to act on what is learned from it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Tango June 6, 2012
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An absolutely fantastic book, which provides tons of information, not only of Fukushima, which is the "guide-line", but also about all the unbelievable things the nuclear industry is doing in this country and elsewhere. One would think that the responsible people in the industry have a different planet to go to once they are done with that one - it's mind boggling!

The way she writes: it's not a documentary which lists all the facts in an accurate but rather boring way. She is a poet and poetic is her writing without compromising the accurate facts, and she lets you never forget the horrific danger we live in, invisible, drowned in silence, but deadly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Devil's Tango August 8, 2012
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This book is a must read. On the other hand, it's for people who are not afraid to face difficult truths. If you have the courage, this book will test you, will make you think, will make your heart ache.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pineda's Devil's Tango - A Call To Wake Up July 1, 2012
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If readers of Cecile Pineda's book, Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, are not outraged and ready to spread the word in any way they are able, then they must not be awake. Pineda's book is incredibly well researched. While the subject is dead serious, Cecile has a way of weaving this story with scientific and technical facts along with humor and compassion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone concerned for the future. June 20, 2012
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The message of Devil's Tango is loud and clear. The author's ability to make cultural connections in the creation of meaning makes this warning excellent reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly beautiful and shockingly tender... October 30, 2012
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"read it if you dare, read it if you care".... if you care about life, if you dare to have your heart break wide open to the enormity of the silent devastation that nuclear madness is continuing to let loose on the planet... Cecile Pineda clearly cares, and she also dares to honor and celebrate life with a poet's heart, even amidst her courageous commitment to not draw back from learning about the horrors of our latest human-made tragedy... all of which makes her book a highly compelling initiation into the sisterhood and brotherhood of those who are willing to live with eyes wide open, and still find a way to love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read about the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns October 25, 2012
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In her very informative and readable book Devil's Tango, Cecile Pineda leads us in a palatable way through a very unpalatable subject, the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plants and the ongoing releases of radiation from the area. Pineda begins from her own lack of knowledge about the Fukushima disaster and diligently informs herself not only about the facts but also about the distortions, lies, and cover-ups that surround the meltdowns. As she informs herself, she informs us, too. This book is a must-read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who wants to know what is really going on.
Since 3/11 I have known what would be covered up, lied about, and missreported. The same thing happened at 3 mile island, Chernobyl, and every other nuclear holicost that man has... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Memphislady
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read and share this important book
This book should be required reading for every English-speaking person, and should be translated into every language where nuclear power plants are operating, or proposed, or where... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Taigen Leighton
2.0 out of 5 stars Seems overly subjective
This is a personal, poetic, subjective reaction to the second disaster of the new millenium (the first one being the warmaking of the U.S. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Margaret E. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars please read this book
Devil's Tango combines a poet's personal meditation on life with deep research into a catastrophe and its ramifications. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Weber D.
5.0 out of 5 stars a true work of art
In her first work of nonfiction, Ms. Pineda, a published author of fiction and poetry, has magically captured her thoughts and feelings upon experiencing the Fukushima disaster. Read more
Published 21 months ago by kiki-reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal is Political
This book is a wonderful fugue blending the author's waking life, dream life, and the waking/dream of what is happening to our planet. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Miriam Nathan Lerner
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Energy Is Nasty Stuff
While I did not agree with the author on all of her philosophical views, the facts on the horrors of nuclear energy made the book very informative. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Seaotter
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK
As a used to be anti nuclear power activist, my attention was totally riveted on the unfolding Fukishima Daiichi disaster after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars The One and Only War we should be fighting.
Because everything depends on it. All the life of this earth, our own continued existence on the planet, everything. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Burke
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