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Originally published Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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NW Books: A chilling look at Hanford and its Russian twin

Books of Seattle-area interest: “Plutopia,” “Captain Phil Harris,” “The Infinite Resource” and “Dreamless and Possible.”

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“Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters” by Kate Brown (Oxford University Press, $27.95). University of Maryland history professor Kate Brown offers an unflinching and chilling account of the Cold War arms race that created parallel environmental disasters in our own Hanford nuclear reservation in Richland and Ozersk, Russia — the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium.

“Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad” by Josh Harris and Jake Harris (Simon & Schuster, $25). “Deadliest Catch” crab-boat captain Phil Harris was one of reality television’s biggest and most beloved stars as he gruffly guided his crews through Alaska’s treacherous waters. His sons paint a complete picture of their father’s life on camera and off.

“The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet” by Ramez Naam (University Press of New England, $29.95). Seattle-based writer and former Microsoft executive Ramez Naam argues that we can solve the natural-resource and environmental challenges that face us — and grow global prosperity — if we tap our most abundant resource: innovation.

“Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected” by Christopher Howell (University of Washington Press, $18.95). This is the ninth volume in the Pacific Northwest Poetry series. “A magnificent collection, by an exceptional voice and talent,” writes Christopher Buckley.

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