This book is weird.
This was my initial response to the book as I was reading the first chapter. I was thinking he already said everything can be said about Chernobyl in the first chapter. I visited the same places that he was writing about in the summer of 2010 and with very similar intentions and had a similar experience. I came a back with a series of photographs and a lot of inspiration to start this project. So, in the moment that I saw the book on the shelf in travel book section of McNally bookstore I did not think for another moment to buy the book. Anyways, my frustration started as I kept reading through the end of the first chapter, my designer dyslexia had caught me and I did not realize the subtitle of the book starting with “and other adventures in the world’s most polluted places.” I still am not sure if it my dyslexia or is that a bad marketing trick to communicate the book as if it is only about Chernobyl.
The first chapter ended as I expected, read all the things that I was expecting to read and all was written in the most eloquent ways and also very light hearted for a serious researcher. As his itineraries unfolded I started feeling less interested in the subject matters but more attached to his writing and storytelling. Still reading the 4th Chapter more to come…
“…Nuclear power is is not just energy form, it is a specific from of capital accumulation and social control, enabling capital to centralize the extraction of surplus labor, police movements of millions of people, and achieve regional or global hegemony through the threat of annihilation…”
“Nuclear power, then, can only be destroyed when social movements come into existence that treat it politically, not only as a destructive form of energy but as a strategy of accumulation and terror – a means of devaluation of our lives – and place it on a continuum with the struggle against the use of ”financial crises,” or against the cuts to health care and education…”
These two paragraphs are taken from the letter written by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis by the title Must We Rebuild Their Anthill? Letter to Japanese Comrades.
It is published in the book, Fukushima Mon Amour. The book consists of four literary and political essays on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan.
The book is a great read for anyone who would be interested in exploring and justifying a political stance responding to catastrophe in Fukushima.
Pub Date: 10/15/2011
This book is a comprehensive account of the causes, context, and consequences of the Three Mile Island crisis. It is by almost an insider, J. Samuel Walker, a history instructor at the University of Maryland in the mid-seventies but was hired by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in June, 1979. Maybe he is too insider that he bases his main assumption Jimmy Carter would not have been permitted to visit the TMI power plant if the things were that bad.
This reminded me my childhood memories of Chernobyl accident and communication of its effects to Turkish public opinion. Black sea region of Turkey was under severe radiation thread, especially the tea crops for which the area is famous for and supply almost all the tea leaves needed in the country. Minister of Industry and Commerce (who knows why not minister of health?) Cahit Aral drank tea live on TV to convince people that the area is not effected.
amazon.com review of the book starts with reference to the movie The China Syndrome however the tone of the book is far from hosting a any sort of whistle blowing activity.