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Author Zak, Dan, author.

Title Almighty : courage, resistance, and existential peril in the nuclear age / Dan Zak.

Publication Info. New York : Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  327.1 ZAK    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  327.1747 ZAK    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  327.1747 ZAK    Check Shelf
Description 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "A riveting, chilling tale of how a group of ragtag activists infiltrated one of the most secure nuclear weapons sites in the United States, told alongside a broader history of America's nuclear stewardship, from the early stages of the Manhattan Project to our country's never-ending investment in nuclear weaponry. On Saturday, July 28, 2012, three senior citizens broke into one of the most secure nuclear weapons facilities in the world. An eighty-two-year-old Catholic nun, a Vietnam veteran, and a house painter infiltrated the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, complex in the dead of night, smearing the walls with human blood and spray-painting quotes from the Bible. Then they waited to be arrested. What was a simple plan--one far more successful than even its perpetrators expected -- spawned a complex discussion. Among the questions that the infiltration raised: How did three unarmed civilians manage to penetrate one of the most heavily guarded locations in the world, nicknamed the 'Fort Knox of Uranium'? Why does the United States continue to possess more nuclear weaponry than is needed to destroy global civilization many times over? And what does this mean for the day-to-day safety of Americans? In Almighty, Washington Post writer Dan Zak begins with the present-day axis of a seventy-year-old story, exploring how events of the twentieth century -- including the prophecies of a farmer-turned-ascetic named John Hendrix and the early stages of the Manhattan Project in Morningside Heights -- led to one of the most successful and high-profile demonstrations of anti-nuclear activism"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 342-387) and index.
Contents Part I. Action -- Manhattan -- The field -- The prophet -- The miracle -- Security -- Part II. Reaction -- Washington -- Oak Ridge -- The trial -- Part III. Relativity/uncertainty -- The modern paradox -- Good faith -- Epilogue.
Subject Antinuclear movement -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Pacifists -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- Biography.
Y-12 National Security Complex (U.S.)
Courage -- United States.
Government, Resistance to -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- Social aspects -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- United States -- History.
Nuclear weapons industry -- United States -- History.
United States -- Military policy.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control.
HISTORY / Military / Biological & Chemical Warfare.
HISTORY / Military / Nuclear Warfare.
Y-12 National Security Complex (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00779732
Antinuclear movement. (OCoLC)fst00810626
Courage. (OCoLC)fst00881609
Government, Resistance to. (OCoLC)fst00945663
Military policy. (OCoLC)fst01021386
Nuclear weapons. (OCoLC)fst01040971
Nuclear weapons industry. (OCoLC)fst01041023
Nuclear weapons -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst01040988
Nuclear weapons -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01041001
Pacifists. (OCoLC)fst01050133
Tennessee -- Oak Ridge. (OCoLC)fst01206288
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Zak, Dan. Almighty New York : Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016 9780698189232 (DLC) 2016013992
ISBN 9780399173752 (print : alkaline paper) $27.00
0399173757 (print : alkaline paper) $27.00
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