Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2009 - History - 368 pages
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The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastating weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-Uranium is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.




  

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Review: Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

User Review  - Bob Mckinstry - Goodreads

I am biased towards nonfiction. I am also a fan of science and technology. This book meets both of those needs. What bumped it up a star for me was meeting the author and listening to him speak. He signed his latest book for me and I really felt connected with his work after hearing him. Read full review

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User Review  - Kozak - Goodreads

A deceptively awesome read. This book approaches a simple element in our Earth's crust from a variety of global viewpoints. If you have any kind of vague interest in history, politics, chemistry, physics, or OUR PLANET, this book is worth breezing by. Read full review

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Contents

SCALDING FRUIT
BEGINNINGS
THE BARGAIN
APOCALYPSE
TWO RUSHES
THE RAINBOW SERPENT
INSTABILITY
RENAISSANCE
EPILOGUE
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

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