"Public Meltdown" has beautifully captured and explained "The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant" --- that is, of the downfall over a period of eight years of the new out-of-state owner (Entergy of Louisiana), largely through arrogant mismanagement. One also really learns from the book's careful analysis by the author (a Professor of Journalism) the power of astute political action (by Governor Peter Shumlin), as well as the power of what carefully orchestrated and relentless lobbying can accomplish (especially by several statewide anti-nuclear and "green" groups). This monograph should be required reading for college students of political science, of journalism, and perhaps also of sociology.
I must add that I was sorry to learn how little interest was shown in the public debate that the shutting down of Vermont Yankee would at least for many years into the future shift much of the electricity used in the State to being produced from fossil fuels (which year in and year out routinely and inevitably account for more fatalities, medical horrors, and environmental destruction than would a possible nuclear accident). And as further irony, some of the replacement electricity would be coming from NIMBY nuclear power plants in New Hampshire and Quebec. --- Arthur H. Westing, Putney, Vermont