THE MENACE OF ATOMIC ENERGY

The voices, are neither frenzied nor shrill; the homework has been done with dispatch and the lessons fully recited. The result is the kind of icy, unrelenting, and generally convincing attack on the enemies of the people—here the nuclear power industry—one has come to expect from Nader and colleagues. The book covers much the same ground as the recent Friends-of-the-Earth-sponsored, The Silent Bomb (p. 463). Both books are eloquent on the subject of inadequate health and safety measures, problems of nuclear proliferation, waste disposal, sabotage; both present cogent economic arguments against nuclear power. The Nader book goes into greater detail about the economics of private power, the attractions of accounting systems that pass on higher operating costs to the consumer, and the history of centralized, monopolistic control. These made nuclear energy the obvious alternative source of energy as opposed to localized solar or wind-power. The history of the AEC and the Joint Commission on Atomic Energy, as well as the cozy relationships between private power interests, Congressional committees, and the newly formed Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Research and Development Administration become a central focus in the latter half of the Nader book. The legislation governing insurance and subsidies to utilities is exquisitely spelled out. The final section details what a concerned citizen can do to educate the public, lobby for change, and ultimately put. a stop to nuclear power development. The appearance of two competent books on this emotional and complex subject is heartening. Indeed the proliferation of acronyms for citizens' groups in the Nader book suggest that there is a ground swell. If nothing else, this should lead to more light for all—and more heat on public officials.

Pub Date: June 27, 1977

ISBN: 0393009203

Page Count: 431

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1977

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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