Power Over People

Power Over People

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For most of us, life is spent in one vast electromagnetic field. In the office we sit in front of computer terminals, at home, in front of the television. We cook our meals in microwave ovens, trim our hedges with electric shears, illuminate our houses, workplaces, and streets with incandescent and fluorescent lighting. And until only recently, the potential hazards imposed by life in the shadows of high-voltage power lines have hardly been considered. First published in 1973, Power Over People was the first book to address the frightening potential side effects of our dependence on electrical energy. Now brought up to date with a new introduction, and including an epilogue that offers the most current studies and findings available today, this classic book is more timely than ever. Louise Young here lays bare the short-sighted, materialistic policies of the electric power industry, showing how power and the conglomerates that produce it have clearly won out over rights and safety concerns of people.
She provides disturbing documentary evidence that demonstrates how long-term exposure to radiation from power lines can cause brain cancer, childhood leukemia, as well as damage to the nervous system. Through the course of the book we come to understand that what is often blindly accepted as "progress" can mean the inexorable advance of environmental destruction and the withering-rather than enhancing-of the quality of life in America. Based on a case-study of a small, rural community in Ohio, Young shows in compelling fashion what happens when a grass-roots group of concerned citizens resists the construction of the world's largest electrical transmission towers, literally in their own backyards. Her story of their ultimate failure becomes a stinging indictment of indifferent government agencies and the lax laws that fail to protect the environment. Lively, readable, and, at times, even shocking, this is a book for environmentally-minded and safety-conscious readers of the 1990s. Its wealth of information, its incisive analysis, and its bold confrontation of facts we can no longer afford to ignore make Power Over People a book everyone should read and reflect upon.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 136.1 x 204.2 x 14.5mm | 293.61g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Updated Edition
  • 12 halftone, 1 line drawing
  • 0195075781
  • 9780195075786

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The beauty of this book is that its author, Louise Young, has given us a graphic, saddening description of what happens when the so-called necessities of a giant electric power company conflict with the desires of countrymen and their community. As one would expect in this era of surging 'progress, ' the company wins and the people lose. However, Louise Young was there, and her jarring account of the classical conflict that arises when government and industry give greater importance to 'progress' than to the living values of the people is the story of Power Over People.
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Review quote

"A new edition of the first book to warn against the dangers of power line EMFs, originally published in 1973. Young has added an introduction and an epilogue as well as some updated references." -Microwave News "Young makes the technical subject matter and the interaction between physics and biology remarkably comprehensible and never loses sign of the human component."-Regina Ward, Pioneer Press (also in Evanston Review and Wilmette Life) "After you've finished her book, put it on your reference shelf next to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. But do not leave it on the shelf, use it as a guide to obtain protective legislation, better regulatory commissions, and increased understanding by the courts."-Senator Lee Metcalf, Western Political Quarterly "With both the scientist's expertise and the writer's deep concern for the people involved, [Young] explains both the aesthetic and the practical problems of the present system."-The Science of the Total Environment "An intelligent combination of politics and economics that also manages to portray the human beings involved as more than one-dimensional."-The Washington Monthly "A careful, well-argued case for considering alternative means for generating and transmitting electrical power."-Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science "A beautifully executed personal statement with profound meaning for us all....A great little book, with some lovely photographs and an extensive bibliography."-Library Journal Praise for the First Edition:
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About Louise B. Young

About the Author:
Louise B. Young is the author of Earth's Aura, The Blue Planet, The Unifinished Universe, and Sowing the Wind, and is the editor of Exploring the Universe, The Mystery of Matter, and Evolution of Man.
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