The Killing of Karen Silkwood

The Story Behind the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Case
Author(s): Richard Rashke
Original Publish Date: Aug 19, 2014
Product Number: EB00513841
Released: Aug 19, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781497639294
Publisher: Delphinium Books
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This true story of a courageous whistleblower is "as fascinating and gripping as anything John Le Carr[e] or Agatha C[h]ristie could devise" (The Christian Science Monitor). On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood was driving on a deserted Oklahoma highway when her car crashed into a cement wall and she was killed. On the seat next to her were doctored quality-control negatives showing that her employer, Kerr-McGee, was manufacturing defective fuel rods filled with plutonium. She had recently discovered that more than forty pounds of plutonium were missing from the Kerr-McGee plant. Forty years later, her death is still steeped in mystery. Did she fall asleep before the accident, or did someone force her off the road? And what happened to the missing plutonium? The Killing of Karen Silkwood meticulously lays out the facts and encourages the readers to decide. Updated with the author's chilling new introduction that discusses the similarities with Edward Snowden's recent revelations, Silkwood's story is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. For this updated edition, the author has added the latest information as to what happened to the various people involved in the Silkwood case and news of the lasting effects of this underreported piece of the history of the antinuclear movement.

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