Atomic Accidents

A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters : From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

Mahaffey, James A.

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Atomic Accidents
From the dozens of American bombs that went missing during the Cold War, to the misuse and misunderstanding of Rickover's nuclear submarine model, to full-scale meltdowns at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Mahaffey brings new insight into these catastrophes and reveals where scientists and engineers went wrong. A researcher and nuclear energy advocate describes a number of nuclear mishaps, analyzing what happened and why and explains how each of these accidents have furthered the study of the atom and nuclear energy.

Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition.
ISBN: 9781605984926
Characteristics: xxi, 442 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm


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Mar 15, 2014
  • noluckboston rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, the author was very thorough with the details on this book. Nothing was skipped.

The first chapter is worth the book alone. It goes into the crazy antics people were using radioactive material at the dawn of the 19th century. The calamity that came about because they had not yet learned the dangers.
Such has drinking radioactive water!

Later Chapters deal with ww2, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and most recently Fukoshima.


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