Atomic Accidents Lib/E: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima (Library)

James Mahaffey (Author) Tom Weiner (Read by)

Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
February 15, 2014
6.9 X 2.0 X 6.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

James Mahaffey was a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he worked under contract for the Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, the Air Force Air Logistics Center, and Georgia Power Company. He is the author of Atomic Awakening and Atomic Accidents and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Mahaffey, a former senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, employs his extensive knowledge of nuclear engineering to produce a volume that is by turns alarming, thought-provoking, humorous, and always fascinating.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Having delivered a delightfully astute history of atomic power in Atomic Awakening, nuclear engineer Mahaffey goes over the same ground with the same combination of expertise and wit, this time describing what happens when things go wrong...The most comprehensive and certainly one of the most entertaining accounts of atomic accidents.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Beginning with raucous accounts of steam engine collisions, narrator Tom Weiner guides listeners through a comprehensive history of energy disasters from the 1890s to the present. The book focuses on nuclear accidents, and Weiner's deep, resonant voice suggests the immense potential of the atom-and the striking cost of human error. In contrast to the subject itself, James Mahaffey's writing is surprisingly charming. While Weiner's narration is rather formal and authoritative, he always succeeds in letting the listener in on the wry observations within Mahaffey's reasoned arguments...Weiner's consistent, evenly paced delivery offers listeners a chance to reconsider a timely and divisive issue-the safety and future of nuclear energy.

-- "AudioFile"

Mahaffey guides us through more than a century of atomic research, including misadventures with radioactive elixirs and long-forgotten accidents along with show-stoppers such as Three Mile Island and Chernobyl...Entertaining and thought-provoking.

-- "Nature"

[Mahaffey's] abundant use of lively anecdotes and intriguing scientific tidbits makes this an educational page-turner.

-- "Booklist"