Includes bibliographical references in "notes" (pages 310-337) and indexes.
The reactor in the garden -- Nuclear breeders : technological determinism -- Nuclear concrete -- Nuclear engines : technology as panacea -- Nuclear chickens : out of the frying pan, into the ionizing radiation -- A stellar promise : the display value of fusion power -- Reactors for the republics -- Nuclear explosions peaceful and otherwise.
"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." "A story of big science run amok, Red Atom illuminates the problems that can befall any society heavily invested in large-scale technology."--Jacket.
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