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Got to question his credibility
on May 23, 2017
OK, I haven't read much of the book yet, just browsed. Just wanted to point out that the very first sentence I read was completely false! I stumbled across the book while searching for information about GE's West Milton, NY, location, which I remembered visiting as a child. Here's the first sentence I saw (about Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, in Niskayuna, NY, which was started and long operated by GE to work on nuclear propulsion for the Navy): "Throughout its history, Knolls was a typical outpost of the Cold War, shrouded in secrecy and virtually invisible even in the community it called home. Few people in upstate New York knew it existed, and fewer still knew about its mission." Utter nonsense! I grew up in Schenectady and then Niskayuna (the suburb where Knolls was located) in the 1950s through 1970s. EVERYONE knew KAPL existed and exactly what its mission was! It was amply covered in the media. Many of our fathers worked there, we picnicked on the grounds, and we toured the lab on family day. Our school system tended not to close for snow days; school would just be an hour late, leading to this popular joke: "Knolls Atomic Power Lab has been bombed by the Russians; Niskayuna Schools will be one hour late." Didn't the author check with anyone from Niskayuna, Schenectady, or even the Capital District before writing such an absurd statement? Maybe the rest of his research and interpretation is sound, but this flagrant error really makes me wonder whether I can trust any of his "facts." The star rating can be disregarded for now, as it could go lower once I finish the book.