A surprisingly entertaining history of nuclear power. He is the author of Atomic Awakening and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Toggle navigation. New to eBooks. How many copies would you like to buy?
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Add to Cart Add to Cart. I think Mr. Mahaffey's writing style suits my tastes in that it was casual, humorous and still on point and relevant. If you could sum up Atomic Accidents in three words, what would they be? Man's nuclear follies. What did you like best about this story? Underlying every accident is a system designed to avoid it, someone's attempt to circumvent the system, and the complex interaction between the two.
Fascinating stuff, with enough technical details to interest the science buffs and a connect the dots narrative to keep the history buffs glued. I found it all very fascinating and it was a definite plus that the narrative is told with the odd bit of sarcastic humour in it. My only criticism was that the three most infamous accidents: Three mile island, Chernobyl, and Fukishima, are given a comparatively short treatment compared to the rest of the book.
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Well read. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Probably not. There is a fair bit of technical detail that would leave most readers head's spinning to get through this all in one reading. Any additional comments? The author has a background working in the nuclear industry which is a definite plus.
What made the experience of listening to Atomic Accidents the most enjoyable? Mahaffey does one of the best jobs of combining hard science, complete with numbers, with fascinating human stories I've ever heard. This isn't a text book, it's a smart funny guy who happens to be a subject matter expert telling you history in a very human way. The first accident in the book is literally a train wreck, and each subsequent story of nuclear errors, accidents, and disasters have a 'can't take your ears off of this train wreck' quality.
This is sort of like 'Cosmos' for nuclear power production history. Or it least it would be if Carl Sagan or Niel Tyson had senses of humor and didn't talk down to the audience.
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Which character — as performed by Tom Weiner — was your favorite? The book is written in the first person, so there is only one character. Weiner does a great job reading this book, with the glaring exception of pronouncing the word 'Tritium'. For some reason he pronounces 'trit-E-um' as 'trisham'!
I actually had to stop the audio and go to the web to double check that there wasn't really an element called 'trisham'!
I don't blame Weiner for this, I blame Blackstone's producer for not catching this glaring error. I've been listening to audio books since the late 70s, and I've alway found Blackstone readings to have inferior production values. I will say that the production quality in this book is much better than past Blackstone recordings, but they still have work to do match the quality of studios like Recorded Books LLC. I would have if I could have. This is not a partisan rant, the history of nuclear power, good and bad, is related with emphasis on the 'bad'. After telling you the 'bad' Mahaffey provides the hard facts and numbers to help readers keep a sense of perspective when thinking about future energy alternatives for the U.
Highly recommended. Would you listen to Atomic Accidents again? Mahaffey has a remarkable talent for describing very complex situations without being boring or verbose. He's clearly a master of the subject matter with a wickedly droll sense of humor to boot. This is one of the best Audibles I've had in the last year.
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It's also extremely informative. What was one of the most memorable moments of Atomic Accidents? The mysterious "problem" in Russia in is a great story, very well told. A separate high point is the Three Mile Island description. Having lived through the TMI news coverage at the time, it was nice to finally get a coherent, concise depiction of what happened -- and what did not happen.
What did you love best about Atomic Accidents? The story Telling, the author manages to keep it understandable and funny at the sametime with his sarcastic undertones. Who was your favorite character and why? Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It did make me laugh at times, but it really opens your eyes to nuclear power.
I was amazed at all the experiments that have occurred since we discovered it. This is a page turner, even the opening was great. There is a lot of good information in this book, especially the human performance aspect, there a lot of great examples of human errors that could be used in safety meetings, which I have done.
I have even googled much of the reported disasters in this book to get more information.
I am normally a fiction reader, who likes end of world types of books, but this non-fiction book gives you the same flavor and keeps you interested. Impeccably researched and extremely informative. The narration is clear and consistent, fitting the writing style perfectly. A fantastic history lesson in 20th century science. Atomic Accidents spans pre-nuclear steam explosions to dangerous X-ray exposures right up to Chernobyl and Fukushima. After reading this book twice, I feel optimistic about the future of nuclear power.
Absolutely worth a few listens. The information density is well blended with an easygoing narrative style that engages the listener throughout the entire book. Chapter eight: the Strategic Air Command years, with all the near misses that we somehow lived through.flamigbuimilguzz.gq
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Fluent vocal style, never distractive. This guy has it down cold. No laughing matter this. More outcome information on the Fukushima disaster would be helpful.
It was an enlightening shift away from the mass media induced anti-nuclear coma we've all been stuck in for decades. I have always been hard pitched against nuclear energy and its uses against humanity, and I'm likely to stay that way. However, this book helps demystify some of the beliefs about the atomic age I've come to own as sort of a mindless religion. For me at least, this book has offered me a good start on basing my beliefs on evidence, not media hyperbole.
I enjoyed this book for the most part including the stellar narration but the repeated discussion of which fissile material decays into which, or the technical schematics of a nuclear powerplant does not lend itself well to the aural form. I'd like to recommend Atomic Accidents, but due to the inherent setbacks of the medium I could not do so wholeheartedly. I very much enjoyed this book. I think anyone with an interest in all things nuclear would enjoy it.
I really enjoyed this well researched journey through nuclear history, and how despite all the best intentions failures have occurred. The last chapter on the future of nuclear power was very enlightening. A heavy engineering subject made light with appropriate humour. Irrational fear appears to drive much of thinking and politics that surround the viability of Nuclear Power.