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

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2009 - Science - 368 pages
17 Reviews
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  - Nrtashi - Goodreads

Informative and highly entertaining read, much thanks to character driven narrative and author's evident passion for storytelling. However, the book got sort of weak near the end-the "renaissance ... Read full review

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

User Review  - George Arak - Goodreads

Very fascinating volume. Eruditely packs with critical historical and scientific knowledge yet thoroughly entertaining to boot. Shit I could not have imagined and probably never would have ever ... Read full review

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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