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A short history of nuclear folly

Author: Rudolph Herzog; Jefferson S Chase
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY ; London : Melville House, [2014] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the rarely-discussed nightmare of "Broken Arrows" (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to "Operation Plowshare" (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster. In an unprecedented people's history, Herzog digs deep into archives,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolph Herzog; Jefferson S Chase
ISBN: 9781612193304 1612193307
OCLC Number: 879400310
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Originally published in German as: Der verstrahlte Westernheld und anderer Irrsinn aus dem Atomzeitalter.
Translated from the German.
Description: 252 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: After the bomb, the world's most dangerous invention --
The red bomb --
The myth of tactical nuclear war --
The radioactive cowboy, or How Alaska got the bomb --
Swords into plowshares --
The doomsday machine --
Flying reactors --
How safe is safe? --
Atomic Australia --
The deadly detours of nuclear medicine --
Broken arrows.
Other Titles: Verstrahlte Westernheld und anderer Irrsinn aus dem Atomzeitalter.
Responsibility: Rudolph Herzog ; translated by Jefferson Chase.

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From the rarely-discussed nightmare of "Broken Arrows" (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to "Operation Plowshare" (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster. In an unprecedented people's history, Herzog digs deep into archives, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of rare photos. He explores the "accidental" drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a train conductor's home, the implanting of plutonium into patients' hearts, and the invention of wild tactical nukes, including weapons designed to kill enemy astronauts. Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog--the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog--also draws on childhood memories of the final period of the Cold War in Germany, the country once seen as the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, and discusses evidence that Nazi scientists knew how to make atomic weaponry ... and chose not to.

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