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Half Lives & Half Truths: Confronting the Radioactive Legacies of the Cold War (Resident Scholar Series) Paperback – March 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1930618824 ISBN-10: 1930618824 Edition: illustrated edition

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The world is in a perilous financial meltdown. This book addresses the industry that introduced us to that term.... I remember attending a powerful speech by physician and nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott. This book is a blueprint for a kind of engaged anthropology that matters. --Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Dec. 2010

The fifteen contributing anthropologists explore the environmental and health effects of the American and Soviet nuclear war machine on the communities near atomic weapons and uranium mining facilities. Editor Barbara Rose Johnston argues in her introduction that rather than preventing Armageddon, as is commonly assumed, the superpowers waged nuclear war on the environment and their own people, particularly targeting minority communities with the processing of waste and fallout of nuclear testing. Since all science is rife with politics, the authors claim it is their responsibility to abandon neutral posturing and become representatives of marginalized communities. The positive result of their political activism is that they portray the victims of radiation exposure with great compassion, although some of the essays oddly devote little time to discussing their field work and show little original research. --Thomas R. Wellock, New Mexico Historical Review, vol. 85, no. 1, Winter 2010

For decades, the US and Soviet governments went to extraordinary lengths to disempower, marginalize, silence, and deceive the front-line victims of their reckless nuclear programs. These compelling essays--models of engaged anthropological scholarship--not only illuminate the victims' horrendous treatment but give them a voice in a way that broadens all of our understanding and restores to them a measure of their stolen dignity. --Peter Kuznick, American University

The fifteen contributing anthropologists explore the environmental and health effects of the American and Soviet nuclear war machine on the communities near atomic weapons and uranium mining facilities. Editor Barbara Rose Johnston argues in her introduction that rather than preventing Armageddon, as is commonly assumed, the superpowers waged nuclear war on the environment and their own people, particularly targeting minority communities with the processing of waste and fallout of nuclear testing. Since all science is rife with politics, the authors claim it is their responsibility to abandon neutral posturing and become representatives of marginalized communities. The positive result of their political activism is that they portray the victims of radiation exposure with great compassion, although some of the essays oddly devote little time to discussing their field work and show little original research. --Thomas R. Wellock, New Mexico Historical Review, vol. 85, no. 1, Winter 2010

For decades, the US and Soviet governments went to extraordinary lengths to disempower, marginalize, silence, and deceive the front-line victims of their reckless nuclear programs. These compelling essays--models of engaged anthropological scholarship--not only illuminate the victims' horrendous treatment but give them a voice in a way that broadens all of our understanding and restores to them a measure of their stolen dignity. --Peter Kuznick, American University

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