A Short History of Nuclear Folly

A Short History of Nuclear Folly

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ISBN-13: 9781612193304
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 832,016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rudolph Herzog is the author of Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany. His documentary on humor in the Third Reich, Laughing with Hitler, scored top audience ratings on German Channel 1 and was also broadcast on the BBC. He is the son of the celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. A documentary by Rudolph Herzog based on A Short History of Nuclear Folly was released in 2014. He is currently filming How to Sell a War

Jefferson Chase is one of the foremost translators of German history. He has translated Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Thomas Mann, and Götz Aly, among many other writers.

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Did you know?

• Edward Teller, the “father of the H-Bomb,” relentlessly promoted a plan to use 300 nukes to build a second Panama Canal.

• Atomic technology ended up in many places where it didn’t belong: Reactors were used to power satellites, some of which crash-landed and triggered nuclear emergencies. A plutonium battery was also installed at the top of the Himalayas . . . and lost.

• There’s a derelict research reactor in the middle of Kinshasa, Congo, which was built by an eccentric Belgian missionary. The reactor is falling apart, and several uranium fuel rods have been stolen.

• John Wayne died of cancer, as did 46 members of the crew of The Conqueror, a notoriously bad B-movie shot in a contaminated canyon near the Nevada nuclear testing range.

• About 40 nuclear weapons were lost during the Cold War, some in populated areas in the U.S. Some almost triggered, others were never retrieved.

• Nazi scientist Gernot Zippe was captured by the Soviets and forced to build the uranium centrifuge, which was used by Iran, Pakistan and North Korea to build bombs.

Table of Contents

Preface 3

1 After the Bomb, the World s Most Dangerous Invention 7

2 The Red Bomb 31

3 The Myth of Tactical Nuclear War 47

4 The Radioactive Cowboy, or How Alaska Got the Bomb 59

5 Swords into Plowshares 83

6 The Doomsday Machine 113

7 Flying Reactors 127

8 How Safe Is Safe? 153

9 Atomic Australia 165

10 The Deadly Detours of Nuclear Medicine 187

11 Broken Arrows 197

Notes 219

Works Cited 231

Index 237

Acknowledgments 252

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently Herzog had no family memebers that were to be part of the forces for the invasion of Japan that would have cost hundreds the lives of hundreds of thousands of American lives and millions of Japanese lives which was prevented by the use of the atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Revisionist history from someone safe from the horrors of war.