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Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step

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ISBN-13: 978-0916727994
ISBN-10: 0916727998
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916727998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916727994
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,823,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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. The scope of deception about Fukushima ( as well as previous and current nuclear incidents, disasters both past and impending) is frightening and maddening. Ms. Pineda is a weaver of fact, personal observation, rumination, and meditation. It reminds me of watching the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" oddly enough. From an on-the-ground story and recounting of the events and revelations as they unfolded, to looking back at the prehistoric art of the Caves of Chauvet, to projecting forward 100,000 years and imagining future man attempting to decipher whatever ineffectual warning signs, symbols and language to denote radioactive waste - it's a grand sweep of an expose. It is not a happy book, by any means. It is a wake-up call to arms, and I intend to get it circulated on the college campus where I work, hopefully in Science, Technology, and Values courses, as well as in the Environmental Science curricula. She is a brave woman, this author, and I thank her for baring her tormented soul as the lays out the pieces of this disaster's puzzle.
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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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"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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