My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a surprisingly excellent read!
The author, while obviously extremely knowledgeable about nuclear Physics, also has a wry, satirical sense of humor that made me laugh out loud numerous times while reading this not-so-funny compendium of some of humanity’s greatest fuck-ups.
If you have any interest in these kind of events and the stories from the “nuclear age”, I cannot more strongly recommend this book. The science is worth the read alone, actually. I learned quite a bit more about nuclear power generation and weaponry than I previously knew. The author simplifies these highly technical aspects very well.
This is also a scary book; scary due to the possibilities. The ramifications of human error can often be a serious bitch to deal with. When you learn about the errors committed in these stories and realize that all this is still going on pretty much everywhere these days, it’s disconcerting. I’m not sure humans have learned their lessons yet.