Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution
At the time when Robinson wrote this book, the largest known source of radioactive contamination of the world's environment was a government-owned nuclear plant called Sellafield, not far from Wordsworth's cottage in the Lakes District; one child in sixty was dying from leukemia in the village closest to the plant. The central question of this eloquently impassioned book is: How can a country that we persist in calling a welfare state consciously risk the lives of its people for profit?
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Robinson , M. (1989). Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.