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Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West Updated Edition
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*I have read the book now* and I can say honestly that what I knew then was not half what I know now....this Nuclear plant was a disaster. I quit for fear for my health, and now I know I did the right thing....EVERY American should read this book...The price that the weapons race cost our country. And to think that suburban Denver is only a short distance away from this site...scarey.
March 11, 2011, found many of us wondering what to do. Those of us living in Japan were faced with the question of leaving our homes and pets and families to escape what had happened or would potentially happen.
Many did leave and they have their own stories. Many stayed and have their own stories to tell.
I remembered my fourth grade teacher saying in 1974 that "the Soviets have a missile pointed at your back yard." Along with KGB novels, this is how he disciplined our class.
I remembered the rumors about "two headed goats" or "glowing fish". This was way before "The Simpson's" and Three Mile Island or Chernobyl. I remembered my parents saying our suburban home north of Denver "used to be ranch land." Our streets were named after the ranchers who sold their ranch land to make the red-bricked suburban homes built in the 1960's.
I began to read and found Len Ackland's well-researched book explaing this history to me and from reading it, it all became so clear and I realized that from the close proximity of my home to Rocky Flats, the water I grew up drinking that flowed under Rocky Flats into the reservoir that brought the water into our kitchen, the leaking drums of nuclear waste out on the prairie, winds, fires, that I was much further from Fukushima than I was from Rocky Flats and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal between both of which my home sat. Both are now claiming to be "wildlife refuges." Will there one day be a "Fukushima Wildlife Refuge?"
I decided to stay in Japan.Read more ›
If you are reading this for fun then the voice will be interesting to you, and if you are writing a paper or the like, there are plenty of facts in the ~200 pages that you can cite. This story has something for every reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The single, most important, "must read" on all things about the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.Published 7 months ago by Ron Heard
I grew up near (but fortunately not too close) to Rocky Flats, and my grandfather worked there for many years and eventually retired while Rockwell was still running the plant. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sam Trask
Excellent book. Thoughtful, well researched, balanced. Ackland's analysis of the Rocky Flats saga is possibly the best and most accurate of the various "histories" of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Nelson
There are better editions of this informational book out there. There was one on the cover, of a woman leaning on a barbed wire fence with a sign saying something like "keep... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steven Pitts
Part of my collection on nuclear sites where plutonium was made. I have a lot of reading to get to.Published 19 months ago by Susan