The Apocalypse Factory

Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age

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A thrilling narrative of scientific triumph—and the unimaginable, world-ending peril it brought us.

Fearing that the Germans would be the first to weaponize the atom, the United States marshaled...

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“In this compulsively readable blend of science and storytelling, Steve Olson explains the birth and burden of Hanford, the vast, leaky workshop of nuclear death that squats beside the Columbia River...

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