Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of a Secret Nuclear Facility (Paperback)
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Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of a Secret Nuclear Facility (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 04/07/2013
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It is the early 1950s. Kristen Iversen is enjoying a carefree childhood surrounded by desert and mountains. But just a few miles down the road, the US government decides to build a secret nuclear weapons facility at Rocky Flats. Kirsten and her siblings jump streams, ride horses, live a happy outdoors life. But beneath this veneer her family is quietly falling apart. Her father drinks, her mother copes. And in a series of fires, accidents and other catastrophic leaks, Rocky Flats nuclear plant is spewing an invisible cocktail of the most dangerous substances on earth into this pristine landscape. The ground, the air and the water are all alive with radiation. The years that follow will bring protests, investigations, denials, cover-ups, threats and lies. And then, one after another, people start to fall ill.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099571858
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


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"A shocking and salutary coming-of-age memoir, Kristen Iversen has produced a meticulously researched and compelling narrative of growing up in the "sacrifice zone" of America's nuclear weapons programme... Full Body Burden is one of those rare, life-changing works whose quiet, insistent moral authority commands us to read on and to remember" -- Melanie McGrath * Sunday Telegraph *
"Full Body Burden is one of the most important stories of the nuclear era. It's an essential and unforgettable book that should be talked about in schools and book clubs, online and in the White House" -- Rebecca Skloot, author of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'
"As [Iversen] and her primary school classmates were being taught to duck and cover pathetically when the Soviets finally struck, they were all along coming under silent attack from their own government. Against a bracingly realised backdrop of the rural American mountain west, Iversen recounts a superficially untroubled childhood of horse-riding, jumping in lakes and kissing boys. Yet it is turned chilling by our steadily mounting knowledge, and her happy ignorance at the time, of what was going on just a few miles upwind without the consent of those being polluted" -- Jon Swain * Literary Review *
"An intriguing mix of memoir and first-class investigative journalism, a sort of Mad Men meets Erin Brockovich" * Independent *
"Superb... her prose combines perceptive lyricism with stark brutality" * New Scientist *

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“Fulll Body Burden - Engrossing”

I was not too certain that I would enjoy this book after reading the back cover alone. How wrong I was; from the first page I was engrossed in a world of nuclear industry, blind trust and caution. Using meticulous... More

Paperback edition
27th July 2012
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“Hidden history”

Although this isnt a book to sit back and enjoy reading for pleasure, i do recommend you do read it. Full Body Burden is a book that gives the hard truth about an important part of near recent history.
Its a part of... More

Paperback edition
3rd September 2012
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“Full Body Burden”

I don't usually read non-fiction but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Kristen Iverson has produced a thought provoking book about government deception and cover ups around the nuclear industry. She has... More

Paperback edition
4th August 2012
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