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Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West Paperback – February 19, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0826327987 ISBN-10: 0826327982 Edition: Updated

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Updated edition (February 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826327982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826327987
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Making a Real Killing" is a model for making sense of the Cold War Atomic West. . . . It combines personal stories, excellent Cold War historical context, simplified technical explanations of complicated nuclear science, labor history, and corporate history into a compelling narrative. . . . "Making a Real Killing" should find its place not only alongside other recent atomic histories, but also next to the best books on understanding the American West of the last half-century."

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A chilling, fast-moving study of the nuclear weapons plant in the Denver suburbs, told through the experiences of managers, workers, activists, and neighbors who were all so deeply affected by the hazardous plant.

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Exceptionally well written and researched.
L. Brown
I grew up near Rocky Flats and have always found these stories of the nuclear arms industry really interesting, but this one is a good one.
Kyle Wilshusen
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2006
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I look forward to reading this book. I was a Nuclear Engineer at Rocky Flats in the 80's. I quit after less than a year on site because I feared for my health. The plant was a mess. Everyone should read about what the cold war did to our country.

*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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uehara Amy on October 24, 2012
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This book is a must read. I would have done well to read it when it came out. It took an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster to wake me up from a slumber and a recollection of the place I grew up.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lyon on March 14, 2013
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Well-written, well-researched with copious notes. Raising of the "national security" flag to avoid disclosure of information that the public has a need to know. With all the concern over aging nuclear power plants and how/where to dispose of expended materials, this book is a valuable resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on August 18, 2009
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Exceptionally well written and researched. A must read for anyone wanting to understand what happened at the nuclear weapons plant in Rocky Flats outside Denver, CO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GB630726 on December 4, 2013
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Lots of important information on how our nuclear weapons industry has been mismanaged. Even if you are not a technical person it should be easy to understand.
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