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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018
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FALLOUT: DISASTERS, LIES, AND THE LEGACY OF THE NUCLEAR AGE is a highly readable account of the damage inflicted on humans by nuclear explosions and disasters, starting with the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and continuing through the year 2017. It offers a short but complete history of the Atomic Age.

It’s filled with surprising-to-me facts. For example, everyone on the planet received nuclear fallout from the above-ground nuclear tests conducted from 1954-1963--the average human received 0.15 millisieverts (a tiny dose) in 1963 alone. Or, as another example, the best way to dispose of nuclear waste is to reprocess it to extract the plutonium--something that was routinely done when plutonium was used to produce atomic weapons, but that is NOT usually done now that plutonium is used to generate power.

This book is a good choice for anyone who wants to get quickly up to speed on the past, present, and future of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.
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