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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I2TRYSC
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Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima Audio Download – Unabridged
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Reading this book at times feels as if you are listening to a bunch of retired nuclear engineers talking shop over a few glasses of beer. It is full of well told anecdotes, which makes it eminently readable, and it is obvious that many of these come from first hand sources rather than being a regurgitation of old legends.
Having read the book leaves me with a feeling that human ingenuity is only surpassed by human stupidity. With a bit of Murphy added in.
One of the best books of its kind that I have read. Gripping.
I originally bought the paperback of this book, I gave it to my Brother and got the hardback version because this one is a keeper.
The nice this about this book is that it shows you that a lot of these accidents were caused by everyday (non hi-tech) mistakes such as mislabeling and basic miscalculations or errors in judgement. However, the book also shows that these accidents were key in learning how to prevent accidents in future (they would have been impossible to predict), without the lessons learned from these accidents it would not be possible to ensure a safe nuclear future.
Unbiased and clearly written by an author with real-world experience.
There are shortages; lacks a comparison of nuclear lives-lost-per MWh vs other risks.
But humanity has been lucky with weapons - so far!
Useful analysis is provided at each stage into what went wrong.
Political influence is looked at with the repetition of earlier mistakes that may have been prevented in a shared knowledge system.
The book concludes with a look to the future of nuclear power production.
Writing style is easy going, it can get involved at times, but the explanations are easily understood.
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Superbly informative, and written in an entertaining and engaging way, this book presents an amazing perspective on the some of the most horrifying industrial, and military... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rachel S
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Very interesting and strangely gripping read with plenty of factual information about the various "incidents" and the people who participated in them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by VDiP
An excellent read, even for people like me who know little about nuclear physics but are curious about the subject.Published 3 months ago by Fred
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The perfect read for someone interested in physics, engineering and world history. Easy to read a riveting all the way through. Loved it.Published 8 months ago by Middle aged nerd
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