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  • Published: 23 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780143116721
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $31.99

Uranium

War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World



The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastat­ing weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-Uranium is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.

  • Published: 23 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780143116721
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $31.99

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"CRAZY, FASCINATING" - JOHN STEWART

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