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

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During World War II, three secret government sites were selected in the United States to build the atomic bombs which would be built to drop on Japan. This book describes one of those sites, the Hanford Site, in Richland, Washington. The book gives a very comprehensive view of how the site came to be selected for the government site. But the main focus of the book is the consequences of subsequent nuclear testing. The book talks about how little was known about the reactions of different radioactive isotopes, what has been discovered about them, and what can be done, and is being done, to reverse damage that has already been done. The book also describes how the Hanford Site is the economic mainstay behind the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) and supports a large community of government workers.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1990's    -   1980's    -   1970's    -   1960's    -   1950's    -   1940's Nationality?    -   American--Pacific Coast History of a science?    -   Yes Kind of science    -   Environment

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   bureaucracy Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   concerned How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players Minor characters feature lots of:    -   blue collar types Pictures/Illustrations?    -   One or two Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   201-250 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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