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A Short History of Nuclear Folly

[mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, And Catastrophic Cover-ups]

By Rudolph Herzog

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe

Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed author of Dead Funny, presents a devastating account of history’s most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to “Operation Plowshare” (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster.

In an unprecedented people’s history, Herzog digs deep into archives, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of rare photos. He explores the “accidental” drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a train conductor’s home, the implanting of plutonium into patients’ hearts, and the invention of wild tactical nukes, including weapons designed to kill enemy astronauts.

Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog—the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog—also draws on childhood memories of the final period of the Cold War in Germany, the country once seen as the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, and discusses evidence that Nazi scientists knew how to make atomic weaponry . . . and chose not to.


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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781612191737


Format: Book
Author: Herzog, Rudolph
Summary: "A blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe."--Jacket flap.
Title: A short history of nuclear folly : [mad scientists, dithering Nazis, lost nukes, and catastrophic cover-ups] / Rudolph Herzog ; translated by Jefferson Chase.
Publisher Date: New York : Melville House ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2013.
Subject: Nuclear accidents -- History. Nuclear weapons -- History Nuclear energy -- History
Isbn: 9781612191737 (hbk.) 1612191738 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 363.1799 Her
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Bib Id: 441037

Format: Book
Author: Herzog, Rudolph.
Summary: "A blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe."--Jacket flap.
Title: A short history of nuclear folly : [mad scientists, dithering Nazis, lost nukes, and catastrophic cover-ups] / Rudolph Herzog ; translated by Jefferson Chase.
Publisher, Date: New York : Melville House ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2013.
Description: 252 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Subjects: Nuclear accidents -- History.
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- History
Subjects: Nuclear energy -- History
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-236) and index.
Notes: Translated from the German.
Contents: After the bomb, the world's most dangerous invention -- The red bomb -- The myth of tactical nuclear war -- The radioactive cowboy, or How Alaska got the bomb -- Swords into plowshares -- The doomsday machine -- Flying reactors -- How safe is safe? -- Atomic Australia -- The deadly detours of nuclear medicine -- Broken arrows.
ISBN: 9781612191737 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1612191738 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 363.1799 Her