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William Vollmann

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

We've talked a lot about climate change at Kepler's, but never quite like this. After one of the most devastating nuclear meltdowns in human history rippled through Fukushima, William Vollmann decided to pay a visit.

Armed with a notebook and a radiation meter, Vollmann braved the ghost towns surrounding the devastated remains of what was once a crown jewel for supporters of nuclear energy.

In No Immediate Danger, Vollmann records the first-hand accounts of the survivors who endured the Tohoku earthquake and the meltdown that will forever haunt Northern Coastal Japan. He also records the interviews he conducted both at home in the United States, where we have only narrowly avoided a number of nuclear disasters, and in Japan, with those who turn a blind-eye to the ecological damage of Fukushima and continue to support a nuclear future.

Get down to the nitty-gritty of climate change and energy generation, as Vollmann takes on the consequences of nuclear power production.

‟Vollmann’s books tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation and sardonic wit.ˮ —The Washington Post