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Meltdown investigates and recreates the dramatic events behind the most notorious nuclear accidents in history, as well as those shrouded in secrecy. 

Combining human tragedy with intriguing science, each account reveals new aspects of humanity's complex relationship with nuclear power and the ongoing struggle to harness and control it. From the pioneers of Los Alamos who got up close and personal with the cores of atomic bombs, to the hapless engineers in Soviet fuel-processing plants who unwittingly mixed up a disaster in a bucket, and from the terrifying impact of a tsunami at Fukushima to the mystery of the recent Russian incident, Meltdown explores the past and future of this extraordinary and potentially lethal source of infinite power

©2020 Joel Levy (P)2020 W F Howes

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A less well written version of another book

Honestly just check out Atomic Accidents by James Mahaffey. Not only does he quote Dr. Mahaffey repeatedly, but Atomic Accidents cover the subject matter substantially better

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Decent research, aggravating fear-mongering tone

I am fairly certain we are all aware that radiation can be dangerous. I do not need to be reminded of this every few seconds. I want to know the details. I want the science. I want the human factors explanations. These are here - the research is solid - but good lord, the preaching.

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No matter how many nuke accident book you've read

I have listened to and/or read multiple titles on nuclear accidents, and this book absolutely ranks up there at the top. This title has new (to me) details on the so very numerous experiments of the 1940s and 50s, which are always the most fascinating part of nuclear history to me, Of course it has the stories of Chernobyl, TMI, and 'Shima. Loads and laods of detail on Kysthym, Windscale, and SL-1. The two chapters dedicated specifically to Cecil Kelly and Hisashi Ouchi were new to me and were just fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. No matter how many nuclear accident book you have read, this one will teach you things,

Also, a full on ovation tot he narrator. His prose, timbre, rhythm, and speed are absolutely perfect the entire way through, And as an American, I must say the gentle British accent is very pleasing to the ears.

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  • 11-22-21

Anti Nuclear tree hugging biased grot-rot

I've read all the Fukushima, Chernobyl books plus Nuclear adventures and Higgs bosun and space. I do science when it's unbiased. After +300 books and +4 years it says something that this is my 1st review. Now to remember how to get my credit back.

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