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Atoms and Ashes: From Bikini Atoll to Fukushima

Atoms and Ashes: From Bikini Atoll to Fukushima (Hardback)

By Plokhy, Serhii

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    20 Sep 22

In 2011, a forty-three foot high tsunami crashed into a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. In the following days, explosions would rip buildings apart, three reactors would go into nuclear meltdown, and the surrounding area would be swamped in radioactive water. It is now c...onsidered one of the costliest nuclear disasters ever. But Fukushima was not the first, and it was not the worst... In Atoms and Ashes, acclaimed historian Serhii Plokhy tells the tale of the six nuclear disasters that shook the world: Bikini Atoll, Kyshtym, Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. Based on wide-ranging research and witness testimony, Plokhy traces the arc of each crisis, exploring in depth the confused decision-making on the ground and the panicked responses of governments to contain the crises and cover up the scale of each catastrophe. As the world increasingly looks to renewable and alternative sources of energy, Plokhy lucidly argues that the atomic risk must be understood in explicit terms, but also that these calamities reveal a fundamental truth about our relationship with nuclear technology: that the thirst for power and energy has always trumped safety and the cost for future generations.
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ISBN 9780241516775
Released NZ 20 Sep 2022
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9780241516775
Stock Release date is 20 September 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 20 Sep 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Plokhy, Serhii
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Social Impact Of Disasters
Embargos & Sanctions
History Of Science
Nuclear Issues
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 363.179909
Weight 592g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Nuclear accidents - History
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade