AUTHORCooke, Stephanie
TITLEIn Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age
CITYNew York, NY

The author examines nuclear history from a global perspective, exposing the dark side of nuclear development around the world, including environmental contamination, health concerns, nuclear accidents, and the danger of proliferation. Drawing on numerous interviews with scientists, engineers, and others involved in the nuclear industry, the book delves into the technological advances in both weapons and energy since the Manhattan Project. A journalist who has covered the nuclear industry since the 1980s, the author relies on the experiences of individuals to give context to the larger, historically significant events of which they were a part. While early scientists working on the atomic bomb were generally naïve about its purpose and potential, some still expressed dissent from the inception of the project. Written with the intent of shedding light on the dangerous and complicated current (2009) global situation, the author’s stated purpose is to explain an esoteric subject in a way that the general public can understand. By focusing on the opinions of the people who opposed the path of global nuclear development, many of whom were experts in the field, the author attempts to show that the spread of nuclear weapons and technology was neither inevitable nor universally accepted.

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