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The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age by [Steve Olson]
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Steve Olson is the author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens (winner of a Washington State Book Award), Mapping Human History (a finalist for the National Book Award), and other books. He has written for the Atlantic, Science, Smithsonian, and more. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jonathan Yen was inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, and while the gold was gone by the time he got there, he's carried that inspiration through to commercial work, voice acting, and stage productions. From vintage Howard Fast science fiction to naturalist Paul Rosolie's true adventures in the Amazon, Jonathan loves to tell a good story. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.


“Olson is a crisp writer who brings clarity to complex subject matter...[he offers] hope based on his faith in human brilliance, tenacity and ingenuity to meet our challenges ― the kind of traits and talents that made the Manhattan Project possible in the first place.”
- Denise Kiernan, New York Times

“Hanford, the vast complex that bred plutonium for the first atomic bombs on the banks of the mighty Columbia River in eastern Washington, has never had its full story told. Steve Olson now meets that challenge in a lively, dramatic, thrilling narrative of wartime crisis and scientific brilliance.”
- Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“A captivating, unnerving history...A riveting history of a lesser-known Manhattan Project triumph that, like so many wartime triumphs, has lost its luster.”
- Kirkus (starred review)

“Olson writes lucidly, making even the most recondite details of the science involved clear to a nonscientist. And he’s eloquent in his chronicling of the lives affected ― and sometimes destroyed ― by the invention and use of the world’s most deadly weapon… [A] deft, informative, sometimes terrifying book.”
- Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

“Science writer Olson (Eruption) delivers a lucid, fast-paced chronicle of the discovery and weaponization of plutonium and the unforeseen consequences of the nuclear arms race... This comprehensively researched and compulsively readable account deserves a large audience.”
- Publishers Weekly

“[F]ascinating and thought provoking.”
- Library Journal

“A gripping story of a time when the fate of the world lay on the line as the United States and Germany raced to translate scientific discoveries into decisive weapons of war. Anyone who has questioned whether investment in science matters must read this book. Anyone who hasn’t will want to.”
- Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences

The Apocalypse Factory traces the pathway from the discovery of plutonium to the rise of immense production facilities in Washington State to fuel the US nuclear arsenal, with riveting details about the nearly aborted mission to bomb Nagasaki…Steve Olson leaves much to ponder, and he calls on our collective ingenuity to address the threat that nuclear weapons pose today.”
- Cynthia C. Kelly, president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation

“A compulsively readable blend of science and storytelling…The Apocalypse Factory is a carefully researched tale of inventive genius, state-authorized mass murder, and the supertoxic legacy of a federal bomb-making mess that will never be cleaned up.”
- Blaine Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14 and A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 9429 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 345 pages
  • Publication Date : July 28, 2020
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (July 28, 2020)
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0393634973
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 45 ratings