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Journey to the Sun: The true story of a nuclear power engineer's exile from Germany
As a young engineer in West Germany in the 1970s, Manfred Förtsch was part of a team that built a nuclear power plant. This is his story of how the Project became a battleground and test-case, pitting some of his country's best scientific minds against the rising power of the Green Party. He describes how the initial approval of this project was...
As a young engineer in West Germany in the 1970s, Manfred Förtsch was part of a team that built a nuclear power plant. This is his story of how the Project became a battleground and test-case, pitting some of his country's best scientific minds against the rising power of the Green Party. He describes how the initial approval of this project was overturned, as a result of opposition mounted by the Greens in collusion with the media. The author's personal conviction and identification with his engineering assignment are shown to be in opposition to the growing rejection of nuclear energy by the general public. The power of partisan media campaigns effectively isolates his profession and becomes a manipulating force that encroaches on his personal life. Through foreign assignments, the author learns to appreciate other cultures. The warmth and friendship of people he comes into contact with in South Africa and Polynesia opens up a fresh perspective on life, imbuing him with new sense of purpose. This engaging book describes a personal journey from old world to new, from high-tech to low-tech. It is an honest and forthright account of a career in one of the world's most controversial industries.
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