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Sid Caesar; native American rights; and more; Talking around the threat; Nukespeak, by Steven Hilgartner, Richard C. Bell, and Rory O'Connor. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. 282 pp. $14.95.

Three Mile Island was not an accident; it was an ''abnormal evolution.'' Safety reports are not doctored; they are ''word engineered.'

These terms belong to the vocabulary of ''nukespeak,'' a dialect peculiar to proponents of nuclear power and weapons. It's not merely doubletalk, but a whole way of thinking, and its use can hinder dialogue between pronuclear forces and their critics.

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The aim of ''Nukespeak'' is ''to help readers understand the language, visions, and mindset underlying nuclear development.''

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