Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World
  • Tom Zoellner
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 0670020648

About the Author: Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner is the author of popular nonfiction books which take multidimensional views of their subject and show the descent of an influential object through history His work has been called genre defying and has been widely reviewed and translated He is an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University.


Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the WorldThe Fascinating Story Of The Most Powerful Source Of Energy The Earth Can YieldUranium Is A Common Element In The Earth S Crust And The Only Naturally Occurring Mineral With The Power To End All Life On The Planet After World War II, It Reshaped The Global Order Whoever Could Master Uranium Could Master The World Marie Curie Gave Us Hope That Uranium Would Be A Miracle P

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10 thoughts on “Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

  1. Sesana says:

    Eminently readable, Uranium traces the history of the element from garbage rock to coveted weapons material Zoellner made the probably wise decision to avoid giving too much space in his book to events widely covered elsewhere So there s very little about Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and even the Manhattan Project gets rather less attention than it might have, with Zoellner focusingon the uranium than on the scientists Because let s face it, if you re going to pick up a history of Eminently readable, Uranium traces the history of the element from garbage rock to coveted weapons material Zoellner made the probably wise decision to avoid giving too much space in his book to events widely covered elsewhere So there s very little about Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and even the Manhattan Project gets rather less attention than it might have, with Zoellner focusingon the uranium than on the scientists Because let s face it, if you re going to pick up a history of uranium, you likely already have at least a passing knowledge those events.But readable as it is, Uranium is sometimes lacking in narrative Too often, Zoellner is plugging in large amounts of relatively unconnected facts and stories It looks like he found farinteresting information than he could successfully integrate into one book, but tried to squeeze in as much as possible anyways I understand the impulse, because this is good stuff There s also one chapter, about the post war uranium booms in the US and USSR, where Zoellner attempted a split timeline, seemingly to showcase the similarities between the two countries It didn t really work for me, and I think I would have gottenout of the chapter if he d written itconventionally So, readable, fascinating, but a little messy Overall,good than bad I was also pleased to see that Zoellner did cite his sources The complete list is available on his website, and there s also shorter but still fairly comprehensive list at the back of the physical book

  2. Grumpus says:

    This is basically the biography of Uranium The history of how it was discovered and evolved to what it is today was a great read, especially considering the time we re in with everyone trying to get the bomb This powerful quote from the book s introduction sums it all up,From dust to dust, the Earth came seeded with the means of it s own destruction a geological original sinThe news is always talking about if terrorists ever got nuclear weapons how easy it would be to use them After This is basically the biography of Uranium The history of how it was discovered and evolved to what it is today was a great read, especially considering the time we re in with everyone trying to get the bomb This powerful quote from the book s introduction sums it all up,From dust to dust, the Earth came seeded with the means of it s own destruction a geological original sinThe news is always talking about if terrorists ever got nuclear weapons how easy it would be to use them After reading this book, I have becomefearful at the ease in which this could happen If someone is determined to get uranium, I don t doubt that they will There is little accounting of stuff by world governments and even some the inventory they know they are supposed to have goes missing It was scary to read about some boys finding some in a field nobody knows how the ore they found got there and hitting it with a hammer because it made nice sparks Yikes I never knew how precariously we are balanced on the nuclear precipice and now, unfortunately, have to believe it is only a matter of time until some nuclear terrorism occurs.Oh yeah, I noticed an error in the book in which they talk about the Popeye cartoon and his nemesis Brutus according to the book It s actually Bluto

  3. Lee says:

    I just listened to Uranium War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner Maybe you know it s radioactive, and maybe you also know the timeframe it went from being an unknown nuisance rock to something that would change the world forever But do you know where it first came from on its race to its final resting place in Hiroshima Zoellner does a great job of following its path through history from the first people who dug the mines and quietly shipped it to the secret processi I just listened to Uranium War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner Maybe you know it s radioactive, and maybe you also know the timeframe it went from being an unknown nuisance rock to something that would change the world forever But do you know where it first came from on its race to its final resting place in Hiroshima Zoellner does a great job of following its path through history from the first people who dug the mines and quietly shipped it to the secret processing factory, to today s U235 business in unexpected places throughout the world with its cast of shady prospectors, cartels, smuggling and politics There are now 10 members of the elite club, some developed it on their own, some had spies that stole the secret recipe Was it all worth the trillions and trillions of dollars spent because of the unique properties of this molecule It has already affected the lives and health of millions of people, and the nuclear age is nowhere near over This is a very informative, well balanced look at the complexity and consequences of this energetic molecule

  4. Brian says:

    It was pretty good from a history perspective with a few gaps, but I guess there seemed to be a matter of fact attitude with little on whether it was good or bad Seems like he could have taken a bitof a stand one way or the other I guess he is leaving that up for us to decide.It also seems like he should have coveredon Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island, and Yucca mountain I would have also liked to hearabout how European countries are doing with nuclear power Guess I will have to fi It was pretty good from a history perspective with a few gaps, but I guess there seemed to be a matter of fact attitude with little on whether it was good or bad Seems like he could have taken a bitof a stand one way or the other I guess he is leaving that up for us to decide.It also seems like he should have coveredon Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island, and Yucca mountain I would have also liked to hearabout how European countries are doing with nuclear power Guess I will have to findbooks on that

  5. Melissa says:

    Audio bookVery interesting I learned a lot and am happy with the content So much so I want to read the ebook so I can highlight parts of interest as if I were in school, lol At times this read like a novel which was awesome It made it so muchlikeable and not as if it were a boring textbook I do recommend this to those who want to learn the history of uranium.4.5 stars

  6. Steven says:

    The author s approach was bit dry for me I don t mind a boring and technical read, but this book lacked the sort of layering that can make such a significant story even better This read like a dry report, rather than an engaging chronicle of some of the most incredible achievements of the twentieth century Did not finish.

  7. Roy Leadholm says:

    Crazy and fascinating book that reads as a page turner and is full of amazing facts, like who introduced Israel to the nuclear club I always thought it was the USA but in fact it was Norway who sold then heavy water combined with France who sold them raw uranium yellowcake They developed their bombs in clandestine, 6 stories underground beneath the very nose of the CIA s watch many, manyfun stories stretching from Marie Currie s experiments to the present debate on whether a renais Crazy and fascinating book that reads as a page turner and is full of amazing facts, like who introduced Israel to the nuclear club I always thought it was the USA but in fact it was Norway who sold then heavy water combined with France who sold them raw uranium yellowcake They developed their bombs in clandestine, 6 stories underground beneath the very nose of the CIA s watch many, manyfun stories stretching from Marie Currie s experiments to the present debate on whether a renaissance in nuclear power will usher in a new era of carbon neutral energy

  8. John Crippen says:

    Thanks to Konstantin for the recommendation Good history primer on the discovery, mining, and processing of uranium The style was a bit florid sometimes, but the book was still very readable A nice starting point forreading about nuclear power and or weapons.

  9. Clayton Keenon says:

    Every individual chapter was interesting by itself, but all together it got a little tedious Still, I learned a lot Now, I d love to read a book that delveddirectly into the ethical debates about uranium and nuclear technologies Note on the audiobook The narrator did accents for every person quoted, and they were terrible Like cartoon characters Stereotypical, bordering on offensive at times.

  10. David says:

    I listened to this book as an Audible download I enjoyed listening to it while I drove, took public transportation, and exercised A cranky complaint I have about this book and many others is that the reader apparently a native of North America , when compelled to read a quotation, feels that it is necessary to assume an accent that is associated with the writer s native region The result sounds like the list below Accent Characters from aging or ancient popular culture that, in the minds I listened to this book as an Audible download I enjoyed listening to it while I drove, took public transportation, and exercised A cranky complaint I have about this book and many others is that the reader apparently a native of North America , when compelled to read a quotation, feels that it is necessary to assume an accent that is associated with the writer s native region The result sounds like the list below Accent Characters from aging or ancient popular culture that, in the minds of readers and producers of audio books, embody all speakers of that languageAustralian Crocodile DundeeRussian Boris Badinov from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoonsGerman Col Clink from Hogan s Heroes French The amorous skunk Pepe LePuw from ancient cartoonsBritish middle class or above, over 50 Col BlimpBritish middle class or above, under 50 Bertie WoosterBritish working class generic cockney hooliganScotland Rob RoyI appeal to the producers of audio books to free their readers from the obligation to do accents.I enjoy the micro history genre, to which this book belongs Books in this category, whether they are about cod, beige, or Muzak, can be thoughtful and lighthearted at the same time, which is my favorite mood in which to battle rush hour traffic In this case, the book justifiably fails to be light hearted about its topic, which generated and continues to generate an astonishing amount of misery in its discovery, production, and use Capitalist and communist economic systems are virtually indistinguishable in the amount of cruelty and mayhem caused by the pursuit of this substance Once the damned stuff is out of the ground, of course, things turn even grimmer, only occasionally lightened by the appearance of comic opera Russians with appropriate accents peddling powdered mercury as weapons grade material to undercover police officers And, oh yeah, nuclear war is no fun, either, and neither is the whole Pretext for Invasion thing I guess that s not everybody s idea of appropriate material for the stationary bicycle, but I have a great fear that I m going to die stupid That s why I listen to this stuff