AUTHORMahaffey, James
TITLEAtomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters from the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
PUBLISHEREdition Lammerhuber
CITYBaden, Austria

This book is a comprehensive yet layman-friendly examination of accidents involving nuclear reactors, nuclear weapons, and radioactive materials from the beginning of the twentieth century to the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Many of the events are ordinary industrial accidents in the vicinity of nuclear materials, such as fires, nonnuclear explosions, and toxic spills. The author, a nuclear engineer, creates an engaging non-fiction narrative of mishaps and mistakes – beginning with early research in nuclear physics and production of radioactive substances through the development of nuclear weapons and power plants. He provides insights into conditions leading to the accidents and responses to them. The informative book is well-researched and includes much descriptive detail

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