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Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse. Slave labor camps in Africa and Eastern Europe were built around mine shafts, and America would knowingly send more than 600 uranium miners to their graves in the name of national security. Fortunes have been made from this yellow dirt; massive energy grids have been run from it. Fear of it panicked the American people into supporting a questionable war with Iraq, and its specter threatens to create another conflict in Iran. Now, some are hoping it can help avoid a global warming catastrophe.
In Uranium, Tom Zoellner takes readers around the globe in this intriguing look at the mineral that can sustain life or destroy it.
©2008 Tom Zoellner (P)2009 Tantor Media, Inc.
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"A rich journalistic account." ( Kirkus)
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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Speer on 03-30-09

GREAT book, awful narration

The narrator of this book should really have stuck to reading it straight. His appalling accents would be funny if they weren't so insulting, and his pronunciation, particularly of German words, is poor and clearly not researched. The book itself is excellent and will please many listeners, especially anyone who (like me) enjoys specific histories in line with books like "Cod," "Salt," and "The 13th Element." In the end, the reader could be worse and if you are willing to put up with his accent hash, you will enjoy this book tremendously.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lizzer on 06-15-09

4-star book with 2-star narration

This book is informative and pretty well-written, but the narrator makes the baffling choice to read every quote (and there are several throughout the book) in a different voice, most of which sound absolutely ridiculous. Totally out of place in a serious non-fiction book, and I have no clue why somebody...the producer, for one...didn't stop him from narrating in this way.

Seriously. His accented voices are truly terrible...along the lines of "Vee haff veys to make you talk".

It's not quite bad enough to make me stop listening to the book (which is quite interesting), but it's enough to irritate me every single time he does it.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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