THE PENDULUM AND THE TOXIC CLOUD by Thomas Whiteside
Yale University; 205 pages
$15 hardcover, $4.95 paperback
As the reception of The China Syndrome makes clear, America's newest nightmare concerns an apocalypse of nuclear accidents. But many of the same audiences seem blissfully unconcerned about chemical accidents, even though some compounds may retain their toxic strength longer than radioactive trash. Worse, many people are willing to live with large amounts of one of these chemicals, a compound called 2,3,7,8 tetrachlo-rodibenzo-p-dioxin, also known as dioxin. The attitude may prove suicidal. A common contaminant of several...