Downwind: A People's History of the Nuclear West

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Bison Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.68 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Alisabeth Fox is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Montana, the Magazine of Western History and Western Historical Quarterly.

"Combining the intricacies of the official record with the complicated narratives of the individuals she interviewed, Fox provides texture and insight into becoming and being downwind within the framework of both nuclear testing and uranium mining."--Leisl Carr Childers, Environmental History
"Downwind advances our understanding of how communities interpret risk and medical information from federal officials and how they make sense of their predicament through stories."--Thomas Wellock, Journal of American History
"Fox's account provides a welcome addition to the literature on the nuclear West made richer with new voices of those who lived and labored on the front lines of the Cold War."--Andrew Kirk, Western Historical Quarterly
"Downwind offers a provocative and engaging new history of the suffering sustained by southwestern communities in the aftermath of nuclear testing and radioactive fallout."--Michael Wise, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Compelling, well written, and meticulously researched."--David Mills, Montana, The Magazine of Western History
"In addition to illuminating the past, this book also sheds light on the present, challenging us to wonder what 'official fictions' are being constructed today."--Samantha Updegrave, High Country News
-- (3/5/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Downwind manages the triple feat of being at once a rigorous piece of scholarship, a moving account of a dark and ongoing period in human history and an exquisitely accomplished first book."--Frank Kaminski, Resilience-- (8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Readers will find Downwind an engaging, balanced, and profoundly human narrative of the consequences of a global, complex conflict."--Lucie Genay, Pacific Historical Revew

"Comprehensive and incisive, Downwind also adds heart and soul to an epic story of resilience in the aftermath of reckless arrogance. Sarah Fox gives the history of the nuclear age back to the people who had it written in their bones. The testimony she captured is both shocking and inspiring."--Chip Ward, author of Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West

-- (2/26/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"In this incredibly important book, Sarah Alisabeth Fox effectively shows how the stories of regular people are to be trusted more than the words of the government and the experts when the latter are lying in a misguided attempt to protect national security."--Doug Brugge, professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine-- (2/26/2014 12:00:00 AM)