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Book Review: Too Dumb to Meter

Book Review: Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends, and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy, Kennedy Maize (Sawmill Creek Communications, 2012).

Ken Maize, a seasoned D.C.-based energy journalist, knows where the bones are buried in America’s post-World War II atomic energy program, and where to find what little he doesn’t know.

What’s apparent from the very start in this engrossing narrative of obsession and self-deception, is the principals’ focus on military and paramilitary applications for nuclear power, rather than politically appealing (if highly improbable) domestic applications, like nuclear-powered autos and homes that were featured in fanciful Sunday supplement articles. Two examples:

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