Book Review: A Timely History of Nuclear Disasters

In “Atoms and Ashes,” Harvard professor Serhii Plokhy provides a harrowing account of the world’s six past nuclear catastrophes, from the 1954 Castle-Bravo test in the Marshall Islands to the 2011 Fukushima disaster, and how their aftershocks still haunt the idea of nuclear power in the climate change era.

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Book Review: The Toxic Legacy of DDT

In “How to Sell a Poison,” medical historian Elena Conis chronicles the history of the infamous pesticide and its lasting impact on public health and the environmental movement, showing how concerns were raised long before Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” became a catalyst for activists in the 1960s.

Book Review: Anatomy of an Environmental Tragedy

Keith O’Brien’s “Paradise Falls” is the deeply reported tale of how a group of neighborhood mothers galvanized their community in the 1970s and turned Love Canal’s toxic-chemical disaster into a landmark in the history of grassroots activism, leading to the passage of the 1980 Superfund Act.