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Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World | [Tom Zoellner]

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

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.
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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 600 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.

©2008 Tom Zoellner; (P)2009 Tantor Media, Inc.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-02-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-02-09 Member Since 2002
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    "solidly researched book"

    Zoellner pulled together some pretty solid research to convey a contemporary story about uranium. His no nonsense narrative takes the reader from deep in the mine up to the sky where the bomb is dropped. Narration is solid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed lebanon, NJ, USA 04-30-09
    Ed lebanon, NJ, USA 04-30-09
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    "Boring"

    Read well but boring. More political then technical. Couldn't wait til it was done.

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    Giles maricopa, AZ, USA 04-07-09
    Giles maricopa, AZ, USA 04-07-09
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    "The rage of power"

    This book makes blood diamond look like a smashed tomato on the hi way. It can show the creativity of man kinds search for the things that could help the human race, while others seek to distroy. This book just adds information to the murders of innocents in Heroshima and Nagasaki and now, probaly just as many Africans are dead to justify any means to succeed in a almost useless quest of who is right only to be proven wrong centuries later. I applaud the writer for his bravery to tell the truth. To combat a history clouded with deception and untruths. Maybe this book will stop the next hollacoust. This book gives me a broader understanding of the history of the nuclear age. This book only incourages me to educate others about our new age, the wonders that it has to offer, the precautions that we have to take in order to make the world a better place for all humans.

    I really enjoyed the educational fact about the history of the discovery of this precious mineral. The information keeps me glued in attention to the book. cant wait for your next book. I also like the way thing are broken down to the layman that that is not a rocket scientist, In some cases this book is like the nuclear age for dummies. live long and prosper

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    Johann Potomac, MD, USA 04-26-09
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    "Interesting and educational"

    A very interesting book about a very important subject. I thought the narration was fine, enjoyed the reader getting into character. Highly recommend this book for anyone who would like a historical glimpse at the start of the atomic age and perhaps a small peak into the future.

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