Uranium is a common element in the Earth's crust and the only naturally occuring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II it reshaped the global order - whoever could mast uranium could master the world. Fortunes have been made from this yellow dirt, massive energy grids have been run from it. Fear of it panicked the American people into supporting war with Iraq and its spectre threatens to create further conflicts in Iran and North Korea. Here, Tom Zoellner takes readers around the globe in an intriguing look at an immensely powerful mineral.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.