My father used to give Sunday sermons about why the world needs The Kingdom of God to save it, and the highlight was nuclear waste. You can argue for man-made solutions to lots of problems, but nuclear waste is the trump card. You just can't get rid of the stuff. And it's the deadliest poison there is. Which is why my sister got into an argument with her teacher and avoided an F by addressing all the reasons why nuclear waste just can't be gotten rid of. So it was with great interest that I read this book and found a surprisingly entertaining history of radioactive fallout.
You'll find a lot interesting stuff here, from radioactive tourism to natural preserves on the exclusion zones of fallout, to atom bombs and nuclear testing to leaking stockpiles around the world. There's a nicely balanced style of reporting here that shows both the exaggerations of people with radiophobia as well as the gung-ho attitudes of people who think that nuclear is great, despite it's insanely high price and horrific safety record.
This is a light and breezy (ha!) read at 216 pages so you'll polish it off quick, but if you are interested in a brief history of the atomic age this is your book. Highly recommended to history buffs who are interested in the subject but don't want to read something too technical or a scare-mongering or marketing book.