Nuclear Family Vacation

Nuclear Family Vacation

Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry

Book - 2011
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In A Nuclear Family Vacation , husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs? Their itinerary takes them from the Semipalatinsk TestSite in Kazakhstan to the U.S.'s own top-secret "Site R," opening a unique perspective on the world's vast nuclear infrastructure and the international politics at play behind it.
Sharon Weinberger is a national security reporter focusing on science and technology issues. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine , Wired , Nature , Discover , and Slate, among other publications. She is also the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9781596916319
1596916311
Branch Call Number: 623.4511 Ho
Description: 324 pages ; 21 cm

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Dec 17, 2013

A very good summation of the contemporary nuclear arena with quite interesting historical notes. The authors do seem to start out with a somewhat snarky attitude. They sober up a bit as the book moves along while still relaying some of the dark humor often associated with this subject. The writing is best when facts are relayed without much editorializing. Overall, the book is a valid entry point for the beginner "atomic tourist". I would recommend Tom Vanderbilt's "Survival City" for anyone wanting a deeper read.

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