“The best introduction to the current realities and benefits of nuclear power.”
- Stewart Brand
“Power to Save the World should bring the history and science of nuclear energy into the mainstream consciousness as nothing else has. Propelled by an infectious curiosity, Cravens cuts through the rumor, prejudice, and misinformation that have long surrounded her subject. The picture that emerges is both surprising and surprisingly hopeful.”
“A persuasive and well researched book that flies in the face of a lot of popular opinion about nuclear power. The energy issue is one that haunts our country, and this kind of clear-eyed presentation is a help. It’s a real education in the subject.”
“Elegantly written and bristling with fascinating facts, Power to Save the World makes a welcome contribution to public understanding of the vital role nuclear energy can play in combating global climate change.”
“Beautifully written and impressively researched, the book helps us understand better the complexities of radiation and nuclear weapons. Best of all, Ms. Cravens shows us how politics and fear mongering have impeded development of nuclear power. This is a truly valuable book that belongs on every bookshelf in America and on student reading lists.”
"Power to Save the World will make you completely rethink all your preconceptions about the risks and benefits from nuclear power. Clearly, nuclear energy will have to be an important component of any sensible energy strategy for the 21st century."
-Peter S. Heller, author of Who Will Pay? Coping with Aging Societies, Climate Change, and other Long-Term Fiscal Challenges
Gwyneth Cravens favors the expansion of nuclear power whereas I fear it, chiefly because of the danger that it will fuel the proliferation of nuclear weapons. But it will be impossible, as it was for me, for any open-minded reader, whether in favor of nuclear power or against it, not to learn a prodigious amount about the whole subject from this meticulously reported, fair-minded, elegantly written inquiry.
Told as a personal journey of discovery about the threats and the promises of nuclear technology, this skilled job of investigative reporting becomes an enthralling story. We walk through the mines, mills, laboratories, power plants, and waste repositories to witness for ourselves the unfolding story. Just as we’re about to ask, “Yes, but what about…?” she happens to be talking with an expert on that very subject, and we hear the answer as she does. Without condescension, she puts arcane facts into memorable, homespun examples that clarify things we’ve always wondered about. An exciting and enlightening experience!
(Former Technical Director of Admiral Rickover’s program to build the nuclear Navy and the world’s first commercial atomic power station, is the author of The Rickover Effect and Creating the New World)