A book on bizarre "mishaps" with nuclear technology...
Rudolph Herzog (author) for Galiani, a division of Kiepenheuer & Witsch
"Der verstrahlte Westernheld" (OT)
English version: Melville House Publishing, New York
publication date English version: 4/2013
In the spirit of "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Atomic Café", a blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses from an "accidental" drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a train conductor's house, to atomic heart implants and a mad German scientist's plan to generate hydropower in the Sahara by blasting a canal with 200 hydrogen bombs. Includes some of Rudolph Herzog's own childhood memories of the final period of the Cold War. He grew up in Germany - the country that strategists saw as the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Order your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/A-Short-History-Nuclear-Folly/dp/1612191738/ref=pd...
view an interview with the author on BBC WORLD TV: http://vimeo.com/65658568
view a 1 hour reading with the author on C-SPAN 2: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/312985-1
German language interview with the author (Radio 1 Berlin): http://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/die_profis/archivierte_sendun...
”meticulously researched and thrillingly told – reading this is as informative as it is spine-chillingly entertaining"
"An eclectic, innovative approach to the bureaucratization of creativity during the Cold War.”
LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
"a haunting and well phrased warning"
"Rudolph Herzogs collection of the most incredible stories reads as a tour de force through the most polluted places on the globe"
"A sardonic, little-known history of misguided, accidental and irresponsible uses of nuclear technology"
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“It is arguably not possible to imagine human stupidity on a grander scale than what Rudolph Herzog has stockpiled in his new book.”
”Unflinching… Let’s just say that Herzog's use of the word ’folly’ is an understatement.”
"Reading about human courtship of nuclear destruction is like watching the wobbles of an amateur tightrope walker: one gawks in terror and amazement...Herzog will make your jaw drop with regularity"
"reads like a piece of tragic magical realism...for a book about such a heavy subject, A Short History of Nuclear Folly keeps it quick and snappy and, dare I say, entertaining"
PHILADELPHIA REVIEW OF BOOKS