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Nuclear Culture: Living and Working in the World's Largest Atomic Complex Paperback – 1986


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited; 1st Printing edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865710880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865710887
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Rogat Loeb has spent thirty-five years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment--asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain, and exploring how to find the hope to stay engaged despite all the frustrations and barriers. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Challenging Time has over 100,000 copies in print and St Martin's will publish a wholly revised edition out in April 2010. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books, 2004), was named the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and American Book Association, won the Nautilus Award for best social change book, and was one of six books selected for the Sierra Club's new common reading groups. He's also the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. An Affiliate Scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership, he's written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, The Nation, Redbook, Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, and the BBC, and lectured at 400 colleges throughout the country and numerous national and international conferences. He also created and ran Campus Compact's 2008 Campus Election Engagement Project, which helped colleges and universities in 15 states engage their students in the election, and his 2002 talk to the American Association of State Colleges & Universities inspired that association's 200-campus American Democracy Project. See www.paulloeb.org

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Bolon on December 14, 2013
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For a youngster with no technical training or experience, Mr. Loeb managed to avoid publishing a big crop of howlers. The B-reactor at Hanford was not "the first in the world outside of the Stagg Field laboratory." [p. 29] Instead, it was modeled after the X-10 reactor at Oak Ridge. The "designers building the original Hanford reactors" were not "uncertain" whether they would work. [p. 43] Instead, they knew fairly accurately what rates of plutonium production were needed, and they scaled the reactors accordingly.

A political competition starting in the late 1960s, out of which Hanford got the Fast Flux Test Facility as a consolation prize, was not over a "linear accelerator." [p. 109] Instead, it was over a proton synchrotron--the world's largest circular accelerator at the time--that became Fermilab. The Fast Flux Test Facility was never a "breeder reactor." [p. 145] There was no fuel recycling. Instead, it was a research instrument combining high neutron flux with high neutron energy. The unfinished WNP-1 nuclear power-plant did not go "on line in 1978." [p. 160] The WNP-2 did in 1984, not 1978, while the WNP-1 project was abandoned in 1982.

Mr. Loeb claims "nothing in the Hanford plants' physical presence makes them particularly fearsome." [p. 207] He did not connect the dots with his own accounts about plutonium-bearing waste dumped on bare earth [p. 193] and about massive, continuing discharges of high-level radioactive waste. [pp. 211 ff] Mr. Loeb's claim about "3,000 million megawatts" of solar energy "on each square mile of earth on a sunny day" is wildly exaggerated. [p.
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