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Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War
Based on fieldwork at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory—the facility that designed the neutron bomb and the warhead for the MX missile—Nuclear Rites takes the reader deep inside the top-secret culture of a nuclear weapons lab. Exploring the scientists' world of dark humor, ritualized secrecy, and disciplined emotions, anthropologist Hugh Gusterson uncovers the bel ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 10th 1998 by University of California Press
(first published October 30th 1996)
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So far so good. I thought it would be a snoozer. It's an anthropologist's study of the men & women who work at Lawrence Livermore Labs in Livermore, CA where nuclear arms are designed. The study takes in the community of Livermore and how they too reconcile with the fact that nuclear arms are designed there. I'm about halfway through.