The Radioactive Scout Boy-The true story of a boy and his backyard nuclear reactor - by Ken Silverstein
ISBN is 9780375503511 / 037550351X
by Silverstein, Ken
Publisher:Random House, 2004
Hardcover. Book Condition: New, excellent condition-with dust jacket. First Edition. Stated First Edition w/full # string and original price present. Brand new never read hardback book with dustjacket, very clean. New in new dust jacket. perfect sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 240 p. Great gift.
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About the book:
Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experimentsbuilding homemade fireworks, brewing moonshine, and concocting his own self-tanning lotionwere more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, Davids obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed.
In The Radioactive Boy Scout, veteran journalist Ken Silverstein recreates in brilliant detail the months of Davids improbable nuclear quest. Posing as a physics professor, David solicited information on reactor design from the U.S. government and from industry experts. (Ironically, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was his number one source of information.) Scavenging antiques stores and junkyards for old-fashioned smoke detectors and gas lanternsboth of which contain small amounts of radioactive materialand following blueprints he found in an outdated physics textbook, David cobbled together a crude device that threw off toxic levels of radiation. His unsanctioned and wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental catastrophe that put his towns forty thousand residents at risk and caused the EPA to shut down his lab and bury it at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah.
An outrageous account of ambition and, ultimately, hubris that sits comfortably on the shelf next to such offbeat science books as Driving Mr. Albert and stories of grand capers like Catch Me If You Can, The Radioactive Boy Scout is a real-life adventure with the narrative energy of a first-rate thriller.