In Mortal Hands by Stephanie Cooke
In Mortal Hands is a nuclear history of our age - from the Manhattan Project to the present energy crisis and what it means for our future.
Drawing on unprecedented access to industry insiders and historical documents, Stephanie Cooke charts the intertwined histories of military and civilian nuclear programs. She describes the development of the first atom bomb, the decision to bomb Hiroshima and the race to develop nuclear programs during the Cold War, whether in the US, Russia or North Korea.
Along the way, she explores the untold human side of the nuclear story. In frank diaries and letters - many published here for the first time - scientists, policy-makers and civilians recorded their private responses to history as it was made. Their eye-witness accounts reveal the mixture of hope and trepidation with which the new technology was greeted.
Today, as Australians debate our role as a major exporter of uranium, and as we consider whether nuclear energy holds the answer to climate change, In Mortal Hands is a timely and thought-provoking. Only once we understand the nuclear technology can we hope to make wise decisions about its future.
- PAUL ROBERTS author of The End of Oil
'this thought-provoking history is deftly told . . . much the best treatment of the question that I have seen'
- FRANK VON HIPPEL Princeton University
Paperback | 496 pages
155 x 235 x 39mm | 678g
01 Jun 2009
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.