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In mortal hands : a cautionary history of the nuclear age

Author: Stephanie Cooke
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"This provocative history of nuclear power is perfectly timed for today, when Americans are gravely concerned with nuclear terrorism, and a nuclear renaissance is seen as a possible solution to global warming. Few have truly come to terms with the complexities of an issue which may determine the future of the planet. Nuclear weapons, it was once hoped, would bring wars to an end; instead, they spurred a massive arms  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cooke, Stephanie.
In mortal hands.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2009
(OCoLC)621086377
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Cooke
ISBN: 9781596916173 1596916176
OCLC Number: 243544172
Description: 488 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A voice in the wilderness --
Rites of passage --
Crossroads --
The Hausfreund --
Two scorpions --
A certain wildness --
Caviar electricity --
Parlor games --
Snow --
Any fool can start a war --
Fire in the air --
The grand bargain --
Golda's visit to the White House --
That's the way we play the game --
A snatched pen --
First they drive you crazy --
Vesuvius --
Our lady of the fields --
Maggie's blue-eyed boys --
The five who control the world, how much longer? --
A broken promise.
Responsibility: Stephanie Cooke.
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"This provocative history of nuclear power is perfectly timed for today, when Americans are gravely concerned with nuclear terrorism, and a nuclear renaissance is seen as a possible solution to global warming. Few have truly come to terms with the complexities of an issue which may determine the future of the planet. Nuclear weapons, it was once hoped, would bring wars to an end; instead, they spurred a massive arms race that has recently expanded to include North Korea and I ran. Once seen as a source of unlimited electricity, nuclear reactors breed contamination and have been used as covers for secret weapons programs, from I ndia and Pakistan to Iraq and Iran. The evolving story of nuclear power, as told by industry insider Stephanie Cooke, reveals the gradual deepening of our understanding of the pros and cons of this controversial energy source. Drawing on her unprecedented access, Cooke shows us how, time and again, the stewards of the nuclear age--the more-is-better military commanders and civilian nuclear boosters--have fallen into the traps of their own hubris and wishful thinking as they tried to manage the unmanageable. T heir mistakes are on the verge of being repeated again, which is why this book deserves especially close attention now"--Publisher's description.

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