""Full Body Burden" is one of the most important stories of the nuclear era--as personal and powerful as "Silkwood," told with the suspense and narrative drive of "The Hot Zone." With unflinching honesty, Kristen Iverson has written an intimate and deeply human memoir that shows why we should all be concerned about nuclear safety, and the dangers of ignoring science in the name of national security. Rocky Flats needs to be part of the same nuclear discussion as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. So does "Full Body Burden." It's an essential and unforgettable book that should be talked about in schools and book clubs, online and in the White House."
--Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
"What a surprise! You don't expect such (unobtrusively) beautiful writing in a book about nuclear weapons, nor such captivating storytelling. Plus the facts are solid and the science told in colloquial but never dumbed-down terms. If I could afford them, I'd want the movie rights. Having read scores of nuclear books, I venture a large claim: Kristin Iversen's "Full Body Burden" may be a classic of nuclear literature, filling a gap we didn't know existed among Hersey's "Hiroshima," Burdick and Wheeler's "Fail-Safe" and Kohn's "Who Killed Karen Silkwood?""
--Mark Hertsgaard, author of "Nuclear Inc." and "HOT"
"This terrifyingly brilliant book--as perfectly crafted and meticulously assembled as the nuclear bomb triggers that lie at its core--is a savage indictment of the American strategic weapons industry, both haunting in its power, and yet wonderfully, charmingly human as a memoir of growing up in the Atomic Age."
--Simon Winchester, author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "Atlantic"
"Why didn't Poe or Hitchcock think of this? "Full Body Burden" has all the elements of a classic horror tale: the charming nuclear family cruising innocently above the undercurrents of nuclear nightmare. But it's true and all the mshow more