Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World
The fascinating story of the most powerful source of energy the earth can yield
Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order-whoever could master uranium could master the world.
Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse. Slave labor camps in Africa and Eastern Europe were built around mine shafts and America would knowingly send more than six hundred uranium miners to their graves in the name of national security.
Fortunes have been made from this yellow dirt; massive energy grids have been run from it. Fear of it panicked the American people into supporting a questionable war with Iraq and its specter threatens to create another conflict in Iran. Now, some are hoping it can help avoid a global warming catastrophe.
In Uranium, Tom Zoellner takes readers around the globe in this intriguing look at the mineral that can sustain life or destroy it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GlennBell - LibraryThing
Very informative book that covered the history, uses, and present status of uranium. Some of the information seemed on the borderline of classified. It is also concerning that there is such a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - homeofharris - LibraryThing
This book is good, however, it kind of skips around a bit. It talks of the history and a bit of science behind uranium, as well as the social and economic impacts uranium can have on different populations. Very interesting read. Read full review
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