New Book by Ron Hardert and Mark Reader to be Featured at National Book Exhibit

New Book by Ron Hardert and Mark Reader to be Featured at National Book Exhibit

The new book by Drs. Ron Hardert and Mark Reader will be featured at a national Combined Book Exhibit event.

In "Button Up: Secrecy and Deception in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle" (published by Trafford Publishing), Drs. Ron Hardert and Mark Reader analyze nuclear disasters such as Fukushima as well as nuclear energy and weapons from a sociological perspective, highlighting the damaging effects of nuclear power plants on their surrounding communities and tracking how other communities are dealing with nuclear secrecy and deception.

"I grew up living near a nuclear weapons plant in Ohio," Hardert recalls. "We thought the Feed Materials Production Plant was a pet food plant! Family and friends have suffered health effects from radiation leaks over the years."

Written for students and the general public, "Button Up" presents more than research and facts about the dangers of nuclear energy and weapons. Hardent and Reader return to oil, chemical and nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl, Fernald and Fukushima to interview residents affected by the disasters. What emerges is a stunning portrait of local heroes who reach for social justice and take on nuclear secrecy and deception.

"'Button up' is about personal and community empowerment related to polluting technology," says Hardert. "The role of whistle-blowers and activists is featured in the book."

"Button Up"
By Dr. Ron Hardert & Dr. Mark Reader
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490722245
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490722238
E-Book | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490722252
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Dr. Ron Hardert spent his entire career in the sociology department at Arizona State University, retiring from that institution as emeritus professor. Hardert's other books include "Kimball Young on Sociology in Transition," "Confronting Social Problems," "Atom's Eve: Ending the Nuclear Age" and "Sociology and Social Issues."

Dr. Mark Reader spent most of his career teaching political theory at Arizona State University; he also taught at Allegheny College and at the American Graduate School of International Management. He is a long-term critic of nuclear power whose books include "Atom's Eve" and "Energy: The Human Dimension."

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford's experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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