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A somewhat difficult read but an important research volume.

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It is hard to believe but it has now been some 35 years since America's worst nuclear accident took place.  In "Three Mile Island:  A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective" author J. Samuel Walker takes a look back at the tragic events that shook the nation and the world back in March, 1979.   Eminently qualified to undertake this project, Walker succeeds in presenting all sides of this extremely complicated and highly controversial subject matter.  Was equipment failure the chief culprit here or was human error more to blame?   Aside from attempting to explain exactly what happened on that fateful day, Walker spends a considerable amount of time evaulating why the various players in this saga reacted they way they did. 

"Three Mile Island:  A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective" is meticulously researched and fairly well written but I must admit that at times I got lost with all of the scientific jargon that was necessarily included here.  In the long run I feel that "Three Mile Island:  A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective" will ultimately prove to be a terrific research volume. If you are like me and not well versed in the sciences it can prove to be a somewhat difficult read.
A somewhat difficult read but an important research volume. A somewhat difficult read but an important research volume. A somewhat difficult read but an important research volume.

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I have not read this book but wish to comment on this subject. Since Three Mile Island incident there has not been one nuclear plant built in the USA. Three Mile Island continues to this day to produce carbon free power at more than a reasonable cost. While Europe, China, and other nations continue to build nuclear plants we continue to use coal and oil. Coal being the largest contributor of energy and also the one product we have an almost unlimited supply of. Coal, of course produces more carbon …
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Twenty-five years ago, Hollywood released The China Syndrome, featuring Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas as a TVnews crew who witness what appears to be a serious accident at a nuclear power plant. In a spectacular coincidence, on March 28, 1979, less than two weeks after the movie came out, the worst accident in the history of commercial nuclear power in the United States occurred at Three Mile Island. For five days, the citizens of central Pennsylvania and the entire world, amid growing alarm, followed the efforts of authorities to prevent the crippled plant from spewing dangerous quantities of radiation into the environment. This book is the first comprehensive account of the causes, context, and consequences of the Three Mile Island crisis. In gripping prose, J. Samuel Walker captures the high human drama surrounding the accident, sets it in the context of the heated debate over nuclear power in the seventies, and analyzes the social, technical, and political issues it raised. His superb account of those frightening and confusing days will clear up misconceptions held to this day about Three Mile Island.

The heart of Walker's suspenseful narrative is a moment-by-moment account of the accident itself, in which he brings to life the players who dealt with the emergency: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the state of Pennsylvania, the White House, and a cast of scientists and reporters. He also looks at the aftermath of the accident on the surrounding area, including ...
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ISBN-10: 0520239407 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780520239401 (hbk.)
Author: J. Samuel Walker
Publisher: University of California Press
Date Published: March 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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