AUTHORPringle, Peter / Spigelman, James
TITLEThe Nuclear Barons
PUBLISHERHolt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

The authors of this book, a British journalist and an Australian government official, attempt to cover atomic energy policy in every nation that chose to develop nuclear resources for power production and weapons through 1979. The authors maintain that in many countries a technocratic elite, often isolated in impenetrable organizations, made decisions that affected the course of world events and the quality of life. They present a chronological description of nuclear events beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 and ending with the nuclear incident at Three Mile Island in 1979. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union, China, Brazil, India, and Israel are included in the work, which covers both military and civilian applications of nuclear energy. The book represents opinions of the time in which it was written. An extensive bibliography and chapter notes contribute to its credibility.

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