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Author Brown, Kate (Kathryn L.)

Title Plutopia : nuclear families, atomic cities, and the great Soviet and American plutonium disasters / Kate Brown.

Publication Info. Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  363.1799094 BRO    AVAILABLE
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Description x, 406 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-398) and index.
Contents Part I. Incarcerated space and Western nuclear frontiers -- Mr. Matthias goes to Washington -- Labor on the lam -- Labor shortage -- Defending the nation -- The city plutonium built -- Work and the women left holding plutonium -- Hazards -- The food chain -- Of flies, mice and men -- Part II. The Soviet working class atom and the American response -- The arrest of a journal -- The Gulag and the bomb -- The Bronze Age atom -- Keeping secrets -- Beria's visit -- Reporting for duty -- Empire of calamity -- "A few good men" : in pursuit of America's permanent war economy -- Stalin's rocket engine : rewarding the plutonium people -- Big Brother in the American heartland -- Neighbors -- The vodka society -- Part III. The plutonium disasters -- Managing a risk society -- The walking wounded -- Two autopsies -- Wahluke Slope : into harm's way -- Quiet flows the Techa -- Resettlement -- The zone of immunity -- The socialist consumers' republic -- The uses of an open society -- The Kyshtym belch, 1957 -- Karabolka, beyond the zone -- Private parts -- "From crabs to caviar, we had everything" -- Part IV. Dismantling the plutonium curtain -- Plutonium into portfolio shares -- Chernobyl redux -- 1984 -- The forsaken -- Sick people -- Cassandra in coveralls -- Nuclear glasnost -- All the kings' men -- Futures.
Subject Plutonium industry -- Social aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Ozërsk (Cheli︠a︡binskai︠a︡ oblastʹ) -- History -- 20th century.
Plutonium industry -- Social aspects -- Washington (State) -- Richland -- History -- 20th century.
Working class families -- Russia (Federation) -- Ozërsk (Cheli︠a︡binskai︠a︡ oblastʹ) -- History -- 20th century.
Working class families -- Washington (State) -- Richland -- History -- 20th century.
Plutonium industry -- Accidents -- Russia (Federation) -- Ozërsk (Cheli︠a︡binskai︠a︡ oblastʹ) -- History -- 20th century.
Plutonium industry -- Accidents -- Washington (State) -- Richland -- History -- 20th century.
Ozërsk (Cheli︠a︡binskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia) -- History -- 20th century.
Richland (Wash.) -- History -- 20th century.
Industrial safety -- Government policy -- Soviet Union -- Case studies.
Industrial safety -- Government policy -- Case studies.
ISBN 9780199855766 (acid-free paper)
0199855765 (acid-free paper)
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