Romancing the Atom

Romancing the Atom : Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima

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This book presents a compelling account of atomic development over the last century that demonstrates how humans have repeatedly chosen to ignore the associated impacts for the sake of technological, scientific, military, and economic expediency.

* Draws from top-secret government and military documents from the history of atomic development, archival documents from the Library of Congress, and letters from Albert Einstein and other prominent scientists during the 1950s and 1960s

* Presents chronological histories of events such as the displacement and relocation of the Bikini Islanders, uranium mines on Native American lands, and the cleanup of a secret uranium milling facility in a residential neighborhood in Oxford, Ohio

* Contains various maps including radioactive cleanup sites in the United States and other parts of the world

* Includes many photographs and illustrations that accompany the text

* Provides a bibliography containing a significant collection of books, magazine articles, newspaper reports, movies, comics, government documents, and other related archival materials
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Product details

  • Hardback | 217 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 539.77g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 21 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 031339279X
  • 9780313392795
  • 1,507,485

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"Johnson's familiar tone will make readers feel like he's in the room with them, telling a story about these (sometimes horrifying) events. . . . This book will interest readers who love the history of science, especially 20th-century, military, or weapons history buffs." - Library Journal "Romancing the Atom is not just a book about the shabby secrets of the atomic age, it also proposes a key for springing the lock on what has made all this possible. . . . Johnson's treatment is crisp and finely detailed. It offers a unique perspective . . . a jewel in plain sight." - Pasatiempo, The Santa Fe New Mexican
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About Robert R. Johnson

Robert R. Johnson is professor of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, Houghton.
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