Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step

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Wings Press, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 236 pages
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Devil's Tango is a one-woman whirlwind tour of the nuclear industry, seen through the lens of the industrial and planetary crisis unfolding at Fukushima Daiichi. As much personal journal as investigative journalism, the author's journal entries trace her own and the country's evolution of consciousness during the first year following the diaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Pineda keeps track day-by-day of worsening developments at Fukushima Daiichi, and records the daily evolution of her perceptions. Often poetic in tone, philosophic in scope, her reflections are peppered with dramatic monologues, day-to-day reportage, philosophical speculations, meditations, deep song (canto hondo) and occasional flights of fancy, a monoplay, a grand guignol. There is no other book quite like it. John Nichols calls it an "astonishing anatomy of he Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster," ..". a revelation, and a searing denunciation of the worldwide nuclear energy industry.

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This is a disgrace to Cecile Pineda's career as an author. I like Cecile's work and have enjoyed quite a few of them, However, here in Devil's Tango she inadvertently mixes fantasy with science and makes a host of absolutely laughable claims. I would not spend money on this book (unless you are looking for fiction and/or for some big laughter if you have some science education).  


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Cecile Pineda is the author of several novels, including Face, Fishlight: A Dream of Childhood, and Love Queen of the Amazon. Her novel Face was nominated for the American Book Award for first fiction. She lives in Oakland, California.