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

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2009 - Science - 368 pages
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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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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

This was an interesting review of the history of man's journey with a very peculiar rock. Fairly well written, though, at times, the author seemed to get a bit far afield of the topic. Read full review

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User 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

Contents

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

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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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