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Main Title Full body burden : growing up in the nuclear shadow of rocky flats /
Author Iversen, Kristen,
Publisher Broadway Books,
Year Published 2013
OCLC Number 809978095
ISBN 0307955656; 9780307955654
Subjects Nuclear weapons plants--Health aspects--Colorado ; Plutonium--Health aspects--Colorado ; Radioactive waste sites--Cleanup--Colorado ; Radioactive pollution--Colorado--Jefferson County ; Jefferson County (Colo)--Biography
Additional Subjects Iversen, Kristen ; Rocky Flats Plant (US)--Environmental aspects ; Rocky Flats Plant (US)--History ; Rocky Flats Plant (US)--Health aspects
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESAM  TD195.N85I84 2013 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 06/30/2014
Edition 1st pbk. ed.
Collation 416 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
"Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form in the United States by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 2012"--Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-387) and index. Includes a Reader's Guide; an essay from Kristen Iverson: the story behind Full Body Burden; a conversation with Kristen Iverson; meet the author, p. 402-[417].
Contents Notes
Mother's Day, 1963 -- Drums and bunnies, 1969 -- Nuns and pirates, 1974 -- Operation Desert Glow, 1979 -- A raid and a runaway grand jury, 1989 -- Doom with a view, 1990 -- Fire, again, 1991-1996 -- What lies beneath, 1996-2011. Full body burden is Kristen Iversen's story of growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets -- both family secrets and government secrets. Her father's hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what they made at Rocky Flats -- best not to inquire too deeply into any of it. But as Iversen grew older, she began to ask questions and discovered some disturbing realities. As this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism -- a shocking account of the government's sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents' vain attempts to seek justice in court. Based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class-action testimony, this taut beautifully written book promises to have a very long half-life -- P. [4] of cover.