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    DescriptionGrowing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed. Posing as a physics professor, David solicited information on reactor design from the U.S. government and from industry experts. Following blueprints he found in an outdated physics textbook, David cobbled together a crude device that threw off toxic levels of radiation. His wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental emergency that put his town’s forty thousand suburbanites at risk. The EPA ended up burying his lab at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah. This offbeat account of ambition and, ultimately, hubris has the narrative energy of a first-rate thriller.


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    Title
    Radioactive Boy Scout, the
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Silverstein Ken
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 199 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812966602
    ISBN 10: 0812966600
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: PDR
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI051000, SCI028000, BIO015000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010, TEC028000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: THK
    B&T Approval Code: A92300000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 621.483092
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 621.48/3/092
    LC classification: TK9014.H34 S54 2005
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    01 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    KEN SILVERSTEIN is an investigative reporter for the Washington, D.C., bureau of the "Los Angeles Times." A former contributing editor to "Harper's Magazin"e, in which a portion of this story first appeared, he has written for "Mother Jones, The Nation, "and" The American Prospect," among others. He lives in Washington, D.C. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "Anyone who has ever wondered what the neighborhood geek might be brewing up in his backyard should read The Radioactive Boy Scout. This is a riveting and disturbing story about the power of the teenage mind--and the sparks that fly when a nuclear family melts down." --David Kushner, author of "Masters of Doom" "Amazing . . . unsettling . . . should come with a warning: Don't buy [this book] for any obsessive kids in the family. It might give them ideas." "-"Rocky Mountain News" " "An astounding story . . . [Silverstein] has a novelist's eye for meaningful detail and a historian's touch for context." -The San Diego Union-Tribune "Alarming . . . The story fascinates from start to finish." -Outside "Enthralling . . . [It] has the quirky pleasures of a Don DeLillo novel or an Errol Morris documentary. . . . An engaging portrait of a person whose life on America's fringe also says something about mainstream America." -Minneapolis Star Tribune" ""[Silverstein] does a fabulous job of letting David [Hahn's] surrealistic story tell itself. . . . But what's truly amazing is how far Hahn actually got in the construction of his crude nuclear reactor." "-"The Columbus Dispatch" "
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    Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed. Posing as a physics professor, David solicited information on reactor design from the U.S. government and from industry experts. Following blueprints he found in an outdated physics textbook, David cobbled together a crude device that threw off toxic levels of radiation. His wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental emergency that put his town's forty thousand suburbanites at risk. The EPA ended up burying his lab at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah. This offbeat account of ambition and, ultimately, hubris has the narrative energy of a first-rate thriller.