A Nuclear Family Vacation

A Nuclear Family Vacation : Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry

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In "A Nuclear Family Vacation", husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the open road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Along the way, they soon realize that their travels are unearthing more questions than answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there such a thing as a suitcase nuke? Is Iran really building the bomb? Together, they lift the lid on the uncertain role of nuclear weapons in the modern world and ask if the future is as terrifying as it seems.Criss-crossing ten US states and five countries, Hodge and Weinberger visit top-secret locations: from the Esfahan Uranium Conversion Facility in Iran to 'Site R', a bunker known as the 'Underground Pentagon', rumoured to be Vice-President Cheney's personal 'undisclosed location' on 9/11; and from the former Soviet Union's network of closed cities, housing secret nuclear sites, to the Marshall Islands, which the US has turned into a nuclear playground of epic scale. Their atomic road trip reveals plans to revitalize the US nuclear arsenal, even as the US government pushes other countries to disarm.
Lively, topical and probing, "A Nuclear Family Vacation" reveals unknown and entertaining stories about the nuclear world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 074759757X
  • 9780747597575
  • 1,818,388

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"The perfect book for armchair travel...More important than the Cold War nostalgia are the authors' insights into current nuclear policy... Hodge and Weinberger's guided tour of the atomic world reminds us of the important questions that aren't being asked.""-Santa Fe New Mexican""For offbeat vacations, however, it would be hard to master the husband and wife team of Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger who plotted a family trip around sites in the United States related to our country's Cold War history and current nuclear-weapons facilities.""-Washington Times" "[Hodge and Weinberger] succeed admirably in reminding us that nuclear weapons have "never really gone away" and in calling attention to the crucial public debates that are not taking place. The questions they pose are significant and overdue; the answers they receive unsettling...They remind us that the purpose and future of our nuclear arsenal are too important to b
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About Nathan Hodge

Nathan Hodge is a Washington DC-based writer for Jane's Defence Weekly. A frequent contributor to Slate, he has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq and the former Soviet Union. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Details, as well as many other newspapers and magazines.Sharon Weinberger is a contributing writer for Wired's national security blog, DANGER ROOM. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld and her writing on national security and science has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Nature and Discover.
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