[ RadSafe ] Book review: Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Thu May 3 20:09:32 CDT 2007

May 3

         I looked for this book on Amazon.  According to a review in 
"Booklist," Bernstein's accounts of Pu's discovery "give way to a sobering 
overview of the environmental damage caused by plutonium-producing reactors 
and the enormous threats embodied in today's global plutonium inventory. 
Although convoluted, Bernstein's unique history of the diabolical element 
is invaluable."  (review by Donna Seaman Copyright © American Library 
Association. All rights reserved )

         "environmental damage"?  "enormous threats"??  "diabolical 
element"???  Is any of this true, or is this reviewer resorting to some 
deranged form of hyperbole?

Steven Dapra
sjd at swcp.com

At 06:24 AM 5/3/07 -0700, John Jacobus wrote:
>This review appears in Nature.
>Nature 447, 31-33 (3 May 2007)
>The dark heart of the bomb
>John S. Rigden(1)
>-Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous
>by Jeremy Bernstein
>Joseph Henry Press: 2007. 258 pp. £16.99 $27.95


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