Nuclear Culture: Living and Working in the World's Largest Atomic Complex, by Paul Loeb, 1986, New Society Publishers.
Loeb looks at the nation's largest
nuclear weapons complex through the eyes of the people working
there and details how they grappled with, ignored or buried the
dangers of working with plutonium. It is often called the first
major work to be published on Hanford.
Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site, by
Michele Stenehjem Gerber, 1992, University of Nebraska
This comprehensive history of Hanford,
including its geology and pre-bomb history, details nuclear reactor
construction and the release of radioactive pollution. Gerber is
staff historian for the division of Westinghouse Corp. that acts as
the private contractor overseeing the nuclear reservation for the
U.S. Department of Energy.
Hanford and the Lethal Toll of America's Nuclear Arsenal, by
Michael D'Antonio, 1993, Crown Publishers, Inc.
The newest and one of the most readable books about Hanford tells
the story of the deception of and damage to people who lived
downwind of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The story is woven
around Tom Bailie, a Mesa-area farmer and one of the first people
to raise hell about what Hanford had done to people. The book also
encompasses important players, from Spokesman-Review reporter Karen
Dorn Steele, who is writing her own Hanford book, to whistleblowing
safety inspector Casey Ruud and others. D'Antonio, who finds
Hanford a "bitterly ironic" legacy of the arms race, argues that
our nuclear weapons ended up harming us instead of staving off
Legend and Legacy: Fifty Years of Defense
Production at the Hanford Site, by M.S. Gerber, 1992. U.S.
Department of Energy Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste
Management; Westinghouse Hanford Company, Richland, Washington.
While it offers details on site selection,
construction, and site pollution, the booklet is
self-congratulatory and mute on the subject of radiation exposure
experiments on unknowing