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

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Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner

Synopsis: 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 devastat­ing 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.

Published: March 2009 | ISBN-13: 978-0143116721

Author’s Homepage: http://tomzoellner.com
Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomzoellner

New York Times Book Review
Bewildering Stories Book Review
The Washington Post Book Review
Kirkus Reviews Book Review

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