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With the constant threat of oil shortages facing us and wanting to educate herself about possible alternatives, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find for herself the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: It is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. She enlists the help of Rip Anderson, a leading scientist in the field of risk assessment, and with his tutelage, she travels the country, visiting uranium mines, enrichment centers, reactors, and waste sites.

Along the way we learn a lot of science, review the history of nuclear energy, relive the battles over it, see how successfully it has been applied all over the world, examine the misconceptions, and compare nuclear power to other energy sources, with their risks and benefits. Cravens is not out to deliver a polemic, however. Coming from a childhood spent building fallout shelters, Cravens viscerally understands the terror the word "nuclear" evokes. She gives us a vocabulary for practical risk assessment while investigating the psychology of nuclear fears, starting with the secrecy of the Manhattan Project and the legacy of government cover-ups both here and in the USSR. One by one, she dismantles the arguments against nuclear energy.

©2007 Gwenyth Craves (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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Debunking Nuclear Superstition

This is a perfect book for Audible readers. I bet there is a large portion of Audible members who read because they love learning more than they love being entertained. This book is both an expose on nuclear energy and also a story of personal discovery from the author. Gwyneth openly admits to beginning her research from a deep-seeded anti-nuclear point of view. The more she learned about her topic, the more she learned that she was wrong. Gasp! Nuclear energy is GOOD.

I wish there were more books like this one because they are about enlightenment; they are about solving problems with truth instead of superstitious beliefs. Education can defeat fear.

In this book the author explores nuclear energy, the alternatives to nuclear energy, and then realizes the importance of coming face to face with our fears of it. We can’t see radiation. The word itself evokes mushroom clouds, Chernobyl, and mutated animals. There is something psychological about why we fear nuclear energy, but this book wants us to look under the bed to see there is no boogey man. The upside is nothing less than a serious replacement to fossil fuel consumption and our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Before we can embrace nuclear energy, we first must understand it.

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Learn the truth about nuclear

The information about nuclear is amazing. The author began her journey as a skeptic and afraid of it. Once she decided to research it, she took tours and spoke with experts and changed her mind to full support of the energy source. The only knock I have is her position on climate change. She would fall into the alarmist category imho. That over bias lends to the work being dragged down a bit. It wasn’t even needed anyway. Nuclear is cleaner and greener than any other energy source. I think most rational folks would agree that this is ideal and once you factor in that it’s also the cheapest and requires less space than any other energy source, it makes it a no brainer.

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nuclear energy explained for skeptics

this book explains the truth about nuclear energy vs common misconceptions of the vast majority

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Rare Find

Very few books come together so fluently. Incredibly informative and helpful for those who want to learn more about nuclear power. I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone.

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A must read

If you are a sceptic about nuclear power you should read this. The author details her own journey from ignorance to knowledge and how her opinion on nuclear power has changed as a result.

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interesting at times but biased

Author seems to have a bit of a Rip crush. Nuclear is a greenhouse gas-free power source, but the spent nuclear waste is a bit of an issue

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Nuclear is a crucial part of any climate solution

This is an important book. We're ankle deep in the literal rising tide of the climate crisis. This book lays out the argument for why nuclear has to be part of our solution portfolio.

It also tells the history of how a anti-nuclear sentiment grew so strong in the first place. Namely, nuclear power began as an offshoot of the nuclear arms race. Anti-war sentiments bled over into anti-nuclear sentiments. Also, radiation is scary and people don't understand it well. This book does a stellar job steel manning these concerns and dispelling the myths that underpin them.

Throughout the book its author is making a case for nuclear. This gets exhausting as constant, sustained rhetoric distracts from the educational content. I also think this is a strategical error on the author's part. I want anti-nuclear folks to read this book. Cravens is the best person to write it because she's informed, and used to be anti-nuclear, herself. She makes a great spokesperson. But one thing I wish she'd incorporate into her argumentation is a little more balance and less persuasion. For example, she tends to sprinkle conclusions in between concrete details. It doesn't ruin the book, but it's worth pointing out.

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Great and illuminating ride.

Loved the book. Great information encased in a story that felt more like a journey. A bit repeatative at times but still enjoyable.

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Good for those with little background in NuPow

I enjoyed Gwyneth's narrative on the second read more, focusing on Rip (a friend of hers with a deep background in nuclear power and disposal). I would heartily recommend this book to people who are new to nuclear power and concepts. It doesn't focus much on advanced reactors, looking more to the existing technology of light water reactors and the challenges they can pose. This book has a heavy emphasis on allaying concerns many have about nuclear power, and the reader that is concerned with such things is the ideal target audience. A very good read for laypeople interested in the subject like myself.

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A very informative journey

This book was very informative of the nuclear power life cycle in a learning story experience of the author. It did get a bit hard to finish and boring at times but all in all had some good take aways about the entire process cradle to grave.