The Curve of Binding Energy
A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor
Author: John McPhee
Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“A book holding, with pretty good authority, that tens of thousands of people know enough about the bomb and are close enough to what they don't know to produce a bomb at home . . . The report's art at its difficult best.” —Alvin Beam, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
“Though dwellers in the nuclear age should ponder this book, as much for its intellectual excitement as for its warning.” —Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal