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The Hanford Plaintiffs


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Trisha T. Pritikin is a lawyer and president of the Board of Directors of Consequences of Radiation Exposure (CORE) Museum and Archives, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of the human toll of exposure to ionizing radiation. She lives in Berkeley, California. Foulds, Tom H.


Pritikin's compelling series of testimonies from the Hanford plaintiffs greatly enhances our understanding of the lived experience and human cost of nuclear weapons development and testing.--Pacific Historical ReviewThis book intersects with disability studies and with the history of medicine's patient narratives to join the relentless literature about the contamination found at every step of nuclear technology.--IsisA must read for anyone interested in understanding the impacts of nuclear production and the ways our nuclear history has been shielded from public consciousness.--H-Net ReviewsThe Hanford Plaintiffs will be a resource for scholars seeking to better understand the atomic West, and particularly how Hanford's: slow motion disaster played out in people's bodies.--Western Historical QuarterlyThis is a history that demands reading. Highly recommended.--ChoiceThrough the unrelenting efforts of Pritikin and her colleagues, twenty-four of the Hanford Plaintiffs at last tell their stories, told in their own words, that serve as a stark warning to our world: this can happen to you.--Nuclear Age Peace FoundationOffers readers a timely and valuable contribution to the project as well as a much-needed reminder of the staggering costs of nuclear secrecy.--Undark MagazinePritikin does a great service in illuminating the history and the stories of both Hanford and the Nevada Test Site. . . . These raw, unfiltered stories ground the book in humanity and compel the reader through the hard facts, making for a more whole understanding of this history.--Inkstick
The discussion of health effects from exposure to radioactive contaminants tends to focus on acute effects--cancers and death tolls. Pritikin shows in heart-breaking detail the stockpile of health problems from exposure to radioactivity and how painfully these chronic health problems dismantle lives. A passionate and carefully researched account of the failed fight for atomic justice.--Kate Brown, author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters and Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl DisasterGiven the current political climate--North Korea's nuclear threat, the current US administration's provocation of North Korea, the potential unraveling of Iran's nuclear deal, and the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan--Trisha Pritikin's The Hanford Plaintiffs is a timely addition to literature that has addressed the health harm caused by radiation exposure downwind of weapons' production and testing sites as well as from the use of nuclear weapons in warfare; from uranium mining, milling, or transport; from nuclear power plant accidents; and from leaking nuclear waste. Pritikin's work stands out, not only in its description of the plight of the people--called downwinders--in and around the Hanford site but also in its disclosure of the callous disregard of the US government for the innocent citizens it was supposed to protect.--Yuki Miyamoto, PhD, associate professor of religious studies, DePaul University, and author of Beyond the Mushroom CloudThe Hanford Plaintiffs is an urgent book for our times. We think we know about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the one hand, and Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima on the other. We might imagine that these places stand for events safely consigned to the past or that the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear power are separate affairs. Now we are encountering, once again, cavalier talk about the use of nuclear weapons. The Hanford Plaintiffs opens our eyes to the reality of how the atomic age has played long-term, continuing havoc with whole communities, the environment, and democratic principles in the United States and throughout the world by presenting the life stories of the downwinders of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb was produced. Pritikin lays out her material methodically, providing the scientific, medical, legal, and historical components important to readers' full understanding.-- Norma Field, PhD, professor emerita, University of Chicago, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and author of In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: Japan at Century's EndThe Hanford Plaintiffs is an extraordinary and unique expose of the human results of deliberate releases of huge quantities of radioactive isotopes from the Hanford reactors and nuclear complex over many years of operation.--Helen Caldicott, MD

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