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On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

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On the Home Front is the only comprehensive history of the Hanford Nuclear Site, America’s most productive and wasteful plutonium manufacturing facility. Located in southeastern Washington State, the Hanford Site produced the plutonium used in the atomic bombs that ended World War II. This book was made possible by the declassification in the 1980s of tens of thousands of ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 424 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Bison Books (first published November 1st 1992)
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Diane
I live about 2 hours from Richland and Hanford and recently took a tour of the site including the B Reactor – the world’s first nuclear reactor - that is now on the historic register. After reading “On the Home Front, the Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site,” I can’t wait to go back for another tour. I also think seeing the site with the nearly Soviet style buildings, set in the incredible landscape of Eastern Washington near the Columbia River gives the book added meaning.

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Steven Howes
Aug 08, 2010 Steven Howes rated it really liked it
Since I am now a resident of the Tri-Cities area, near the Hanford site, I thought I had better read about its history. While the history of and reasons for the Hanford Nuclear Site are disturbing in and of themselves, the book also raises questions about the so-called democracy in which we live. One quote in the book essentially sums things up for me: "There is nothing to be gained by informing the public." I don't remember the Hanford official who made the statement. It really doesn't matter. ...more
Julie
Jul 22, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Very well written, very data rich, great insight into the history and implications of nuclear weapons development on US soil.

I highly recommend this book; this volume has filled several gaps in my knowledge that should have been addressed in public high school. The pressures of WW2 and the Cold War forced decisions that we must reconcile and continue to mitigate. The author could have used stronger language while presenting the details, former classified reports, and historical context but inste
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Wardo
Apr 28, 2009 Wardo rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone interested in the environmental impacts of the Cold War. Chilling in its factual, scholarly description of what happened to the earth, water and air around Hanford, Washington, as America pursued its arms race with the Soviet Union.
Shannon
Jul 22, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
A whole book about Hanford?! Of course I love it.
Kaeleigh Forsyth
Nov 11, 2012 Kaeleigh Forsyth rated it it was amazing
In America??
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