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Devil's Tango
Devil's Tango

Devil's Tango

How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: July 2013

ISBN 9781609403157

Rights: WOR

Wings Press (Jul 2013)


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As much personal journal as investigative journalism, this second edition traces the worsening developments at Fukushima Daiichi during the first year following the nuclear disaster. Often poetic in tone and philosophic in scope, this day-to-day reportage is peppered with the author’s reflections and dramatic monologues as she investigates the public’s willing blindness toward the nuclear power industry’s disregard for public safety in the pursuit of profit. The book offers a unique perspective and attempts to come to terms with Fukushima’s catastrophic consequences on the planet.


"Cecile Pineda's astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster . . . echoes the best work of Rachel Carson, Marilyn Robinson, and Helen Caldicott. It is a work of a conscience truly in touch with, and deeply concerned with, humanity."  —John Nichols, author, The Milagro Beanfield War

"Pineda's masterful framing of the urgency for readers to learn from the Japanese nuclear disaster and the machinations of its industry handlers makes Devil's Tango one of the most important and required reads this year."  —Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post

"With Devil's Tango [Cecile Pineda] has created a new and necessary genre, one which reflects both the fission at the core of the nuclear process and its fragmenting effects on our minds and lives. . . . Pineda lets us glimpse how we too can bring a kind of wholeness, or healing, to our fractured world."  —Joanna Macy, Eco-philosopher and author, Pass It On: Five Stories that Can Change the World

Author Biography

Cecile Pineda is the author of several novels, including Face, Fishlight: A Dream of Childhood, and Love Queen of the Amazon. She is the recipient of the Californian Commonwealth Club’s Gold Medal, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a National Book Award nomination. She lives in Berkeley, California.