An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. In the end, we see that if we are to care for subsequent generations, embracing nuclear energy is an ethical imperative.
About the Author
Gwyneth Cravens has published five novels. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in "The New Yorker, "where she also worked as a fiction editor, and in "Harper's Magazine, "where she was an associate editor. She has contributed articles and op-eds on science and other topics to "Harper's Magazine, The" "New York Times, "and "The Washington Post." She grew up in New Mexico and now lives on eastern Long Island.
Richard Rhodes is the author of seventeen books, including novels and works of history, journalism, and letters. His The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Dark Sun, about the development of the hydrogen bomb, was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. A father and grandfather, he lives in rural Connecticut with his wife, Ginger Rhodes.
“Let's hope this clear-eyed, up-to-date tour of all things nuclear. . . . Sparks a renewed nationwide debate.”
“Provocative. . . . A fresh look at nuclear power [that asks] whether the threat of global warming has changed the calculus of nuclear risk.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Illuminating. . . . A picaresque, flat-out love song to the bad boy of the great American energy debate.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Engaging and unusual.”