The Nuclear Barons by Peter Pringle & James Spigelman || A 10 point book review
The Nuclear Barons by Peter Pringle & James Spigelman || A 10 point book review

The Nuclear Barons by Peter Pringle & James Spigelman || A 10 point book review

  1. Name: The Nuclear Barons: The chilling story of how a small band of scientists, generals, politicians, and businessmen created the life-and-death issue confronting us today…our nuclear world.
  2. Author: Peter Pringle & James Spigelman
  3. Genre: History/Energy
  4. Book Post No. : 43
  5. What is it about? : Published in the 80s, this book traces the history of how nuclear power emerged during World War 2 period, first as an application for a bomb and then later for fuel for power generation.
  6. How I came to read it? : I was trying to get back to reading books about energy and as I have a special liking towards Nuclear power, I though that would be the best topic to start with. A quick search in the catalogue of the Vancouver Public Library showed this book so I picked it up.
  7. Did I like it?: Its a moderately good read.
  8. Positives: This book was published before the Chernobyl disaster so it does not carry that retrospective view point. This gives a much more balanced view of Nuclear power and how it was perceived till that point of time in the 80s.
  9. Negatives: Not a breezy read. Gets quite slow and drags in certain passages. The tone is more academic.
  10. Any other personal notes, observations, fun facts etc.: –
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