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Producing Power: The Pre-Chernobyl History of the Soviet Nuclear Industry Paperback – 15 Jan 2015

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (15 January 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262538806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262538800
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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Absolutely the most thorough book on Chernobyl, with unmatched research, a sharp sociological vision, and concern with organizational power. A must.Charles Perrow,Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Yale University Sonja Schmid has written a revealing book based on meticulous research. Her analysis of Soviet reactor choice before Chernobyl is detailed and persuasive. Her argument that the Soviet experience has to be incorporated into our broader understanding of the nuclear industry is both convincing and important.David Holloway,Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Stanford University; author of Stalin and the Bomb Offering a sophisticated reading of previously unexplored sources, Schmid masterfully steers readers through the political, technical, and organizational complexities of the Soviet nuclear industry. Her subtle interpretation of the Chernobyl disaster offers not only a fresh look at Soviet history, but also a significant rethinking of the roots of any nuclear disaster. A major achievement.Gabrielle Hecht,Professor of History, University of Michigan; author of The Radiance of France and Being Nuclear A fascinating analysis of the Soviet Union as a technocratic state, viewed through the lens of both the failures and the successes of its nuclear industry.Naomi Oreskes,Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

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Sonja D. Schmid is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best account of multiple perspectives on what happened in Chernobyl
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