Uranium : War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

By (author) Tom Zoellner


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The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastat-ing weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-"Uranium" is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.

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  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • 06 May 2010
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York
  • English
  • 014311672X
  • 9780143116721
  • 117,445

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Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men's Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

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