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  • Hibakusha around the world: The Chugoku Newspaper, Exposure: Victims of Radiation Speak Out (New York: Kodansha America, 1992). with a Foreword by Robert Jay Lifton.
    • Chapters address hibakusha in the U.S. (Hanford, Three Mile Island, uranium mining on a Navajo Reservation, etc.), the Soviet Union, the South Pacific and Australia, India, Malaysia, Korea, Britain, France, Brazil, and Namibia.
  • Hibakusha around the world: Barbara Rose Johnston, ed., Half-Lives & Half-Truths: Confronting the Radioactive Legacies of the Cold War (Santa Fe, New Mexico: A School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar Book, 2007).
    • Addresses the U.S., Russia, Marshall Islands, Navajo mining, and the Iñupiat of northern Alaska. Takes the position that, “Contrary to the claims of American and Soviet officials, the arms race did not prevent nuclear war; rather, it was a nuclear war.”
  • Health Effects: Jay M. Gould, The Enemy Within: The High Cost of Living Near Nuclear Reactors〜Breast Cancer, AIDS, Low Birthweights, and Other Radiation-Induced Immune Deficiency Effects (New York: Four Walls, Eight Windows, 1996).
    • The author had a long career as an economic and statistical consultant; only after retirement did he dedicate himself to “exploring the health effects of environmental abuses, including low-level radiation.” In his last chapter, titled “Is It Too Late?” he expresses his belief that “solving the problems of low-level radiation can ultimately lead to a rational reordering of a pollution-free global economy … The process may begin at any moment, in the aftermath of the next inevitable nuclear accident of the magnitude of Chernobyl, which I don’t believe any current political system will be able to survive. My belief rests on the recognition that Chernobyl was the watershed event that will evetaly be seen as the necessary counterpart to Hiroshima in changing the course of history.”
  • A. Yablakov, V. Nesterenko, A. Nesterenko, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences & Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 2010).
    • Unlike the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization, the authors have taken into account the vast body of scientific literature addressing this issue in Slavic languages. Now available in pdf format in “Online Readings,” above.