AUTHORvan Wyck, Peter C.
TITLEThe Highway of the Atom
PUBLISHERMcGill-Queen’s University Press
CITYMontreal, Canada
DATE PUBLISHED2010
ISBN978-0-7735-3783-5


The author traces uranium from the Canadian mines of the Great Bear Lake, to Port Hope Ontario, and then to the centers of the Manhattan Project in the United States. He focuses on the neglected role of Canada in the emergence of the nuclear age. The narrative describes the social, environmental, and health effects of the enterprise. The work, winner of the 2011 Gertrude J. Robinson Canadian Book Prize from the Canadian Communication Association, combines Canadian history with ecological and environmental studies to present a compelling story of Canadian uranium. Transcriptions from the author’s field notebook and an extensive bibliography provide a solid foundation for the work. The narrative mirrors the questioning framework that characterized the author's research journey, and thus retains "the fragmentary structure of the inquiry as it progressed" (p.7). He suggests that it be read "not as complete ideas or even arguments. But rather as instances of my uncertainty" (p.5).


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