Red Atom by Paul JosephsonRed Atom by Paul Josephson

Red Atom

byPaul Josephson

Paperback | June 10, 2005

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In the 1950s, Soviet nuclear scientists and leaders imagined a stunning future when giant reactors would generate energy quickly and cheaply, nuclear engines would power cars, ships, and airplanes, and peaceful nuclear explosions would transform the landscape. Driven by the energy of the atom, the dream of communism would become a powerful reality. Thirty years later, that dream died in Chernobyl. What went wrong? Based on exhaustive archival research and interviews, Red Atom takes a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the Soviet Union's peaceful use of nuclear power. It explores both the projects and the technocratic and political elite who were dedicated to increasing state power through technology. And it describes the political, economic, and environmental fallout of Chernobyl.

Paul R. Josephson is associate professor of history at Colby College.
Title:Red AtomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:June 10, 2005Publisher:University Of Pittsburgh PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0822958813

ISBN - 13:9780822958819

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Editorial Reviews

"Could there be another Chernobyl? . . . Red Atom is both a history and a warning—and a bitter indictment of an industry that was once thought to be the ‘radiant’ path to the future."
--Bulletin of Atomic Scientists