No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production, from award-winning author William T. Vollmann

In his nonfiction, William T. Vollmann has won acclaim as a singular voice tackling some of the most important issues of our age, from poverty to violence to the dark soul of American imperialism as it has played out on the U.S./Mexico border. Now, Vollmann turns to a topic that will define the generations to come--the factors and human actions that have led to global warming. Vollmann begins No Immediate Danger, the first volume of Carbon Ideologies, by examining and quantifying the many causes of climate change, from industrial manufacturing and agricultural practices to fossil fuel extraction, economic demand for electric power, and the justifiable yearning of people all over the world to live in comfort. Turning to nuclear power first, Vollmann then recounts multiple visits that he made at significant personal risk over the course of seven years to the contaminated no-go zones and sad ghost towns of Fukushima, Japan, beginning shortly after the tsunami and reactor meltdowns of 2011. Equipped first only with a dosimeter and then with a scintillation counter, he measured radiation and interviewed tsunami victims, nuclear evacuees, anti-nuclear organizers and pro-nuclear utility workers.

Featuring Vollmann's signature wide learning, sardonic wit, and encyclopedic research, No Immediate Danger, whose title co-opts the reassuring mantra of official Japanese energy experts, builds up a powerful, sobering picture of the ongoing nightmare of Fukushima.

Title:No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399563492
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About William T. Vollmann

William Tanner Vollmann is an American novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and daughter.


    No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Reviews

  • Hadrian

    My comments on this book will be brief and incomplete - this is only part one of two. Vollmann has written this for the "hot dark future". That is, he is working on the stated assumption that the prob...

  • Christopher Leonard

    This incredible, important book is a bracing read like no other. The book is framed as a long letter, written to future inhabitants of an over-heated Earth. "Carbon Ideologies" seeks to explain to fut...

  • Nathan

    Wherein WTV does a lot of math and science (cf. his Copernicus book). Not as compelling (so far, this is only half a book here) as his two non-fiction behemoths, Imperial and RURD. But what it does do...

  • Chris Via

    There were several times when the monotony of his interviews set my mind adrift, but overall this is a book worthy of our attention. Who else but WTV, at this time in our history of letters, is equipp...

  • Ian Scuffling

    Fuller review to come—I'll say this 'til then: I think Vollmann failed at writing a book that is essential for this moment in time. It was a herculean task, especially for a person who is not a radi...

  • Jason

    A prospective reviewer cannot engage William Vollmann's NO IMMEDIATE DANGER without laying out the fact that it constitutes but half of a larger work the publication date of the remainder of which lie...

  • Edward

    Note to the ReaderList of Maps and Illustrations--Carbon Ideologies Volume I: No Immediate DangerDefinitions, Units and Conversions:Table 1: Commonly Mentioned Radiocontaminants in FukushimaTable 2: O...

  • Alex Dimaio

    I guess he’ll never discipline his writing. So many wasted pages. He goes on and on about little things that he covered in the previous 300 pages. 5 stars on the subject matter. I enjoyed the second...