Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden

Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

eBook - 2012
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Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear-weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of growing up in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and--unknown to those who lived there--tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets--both family secrets and government secrets. Her father's hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what they made at Rocky Flats (cleaning supplies, her mother guessed)--best not to inquire too deeply into any of it. But as Iversen grew older, she began to ask questions. In her early thirties, she even worked at Rocky Flats for a time, typing up memos in which accidents were always called "incidents." And as this memoir unfolds, it...
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307955647
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ArapahoeJillA Jul 16, 2019

This book is one that should be read by anyone interested in Colorado, nuclear weapons plants, and the destruction that comes from the production of such weapons. It's a book that will keep your attention as you read and will be on your mind long after you have finished it.

Mar 19, 2019

I was given the name of this book as a suggestion after I had read a book I really enjoyed written about Enrico Fermi - "The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age". This book will not disappoint in love, family, grief, lies, and government denial. Easy to read because of the wonderful way the author wrote.

ArapahoeKati Jul 03, 2017

I, like many residents of the communities near Rocky Flats, had only heard whispers of what went on there and I was shocked by what the government decides to tell us for our own safety. This is a page-turner, especially if you loved the story of Erin Brockovich, read this memoir because it all happened in our backyard.

May 13, 2014

Trust your government?

Oct 11, 2012

Here is a devastating documentary of Rocky Flats, a factory near Boulder, Colorado, that was established during the Cold War to process plutonium for nuclear weapons. The author touches on this and other sites in the U.S. that were contaminated with toxic wastes, such as Hanford, Washington, and areas in New Mexico. The human cost is summed up: "Governments are not supposed to poison their own people." Cover ups and lies by various government agencies, including the DOE and others, and companies hired to manage the site, including Rockwell International and others, eventually involve the court systems, where responsibility was ultimately evaded, after decades long delays. Read it and weep.

Aug 30, 2012

This partly an autobiography, but it's mostly about a business that was protected by various government bodies seeking to keep one of the United State's worst environmental disasters. These were and are the very same agencies who are tasked with keeping people and the environment safe from harm. Kristen Iversen's book doesn't quite require a knowledge of nuclear physics, but it wouldn't hurt to look up the topic to get a better understanding of the terminology when she talks about how the plutonium has adversely affected the health of people, animals, and the land in general. In reading this book, you'll discover the gross miscarriage of justice as the federal government and judicial arm of the Colorado state government turned blind eyes to the very clear evidence that plutonium and other nuclear byproducts were poisoning the environment, killing people, and harming many many others, evidence that plutonium is still impacting communities in the Denver suburbs, and evidence that Rocky Flats is not the only facility in the US where nuclear material is adversely affecting those communities too. Scary scary book when you think of how much government lies to the general public, rather than admit there is a problem.

DB04669 Aug 20, 2012

Listen to Kristen Iversen's interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air.


Jul 14, 2012

Wow! This kept me reading all the way through with all the information about Plutonium and the adverse health effects. This is a little scary seeing as we have a Plutonium enrichment facility here in Washington at the Hanford location. It's also scary how indecisive the government was in creating the cap for Plutonium exposure limits and the testing protocols for contamination. Very eye opening book.


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