Early efforts to expand nuclear energy were rife with racism and peril, reminds a historian. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wrote the philosopher George Santayana in 1905. Heeding this aphorism, in The Wretched Atom, historian Jacob Darwin Hamblin seeks to remind readers of the misguided 20th-century effort launched by the United States, its allies, and international agencies to expand nuclear energy around the world. The compelling narrative should lead readers to realize the importance of preventing a repeat of the follies that marked the early decades of the atomic age.
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