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

Tom Zoellner (Author)
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Description

The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastat-ing weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-Uranium is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.

Product Details

Price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published Date: February 23, 2010
Pages: 354
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143116721

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About the Author

Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men's Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

Reviews

"CRAZY, FASCINATING"
- JOHN STEWART