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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Peter Gale, Eric Lax Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780449806982
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The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity.

Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D,—the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters—in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts.

Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety—nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, mammogram, X-ray, CT scan, threats to the food chain—the authors demystify the science and dangers of radiation, and examine its myriad benefits, from safely sterilizing our food to the relatively low-risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. This is the book for all readers who have asked themselves questions such as: What kinds of radiation, and what degree of exposure, cause cancer? What aftereffects have nuclear accidents and bombs had? Does radiation increase the likelihood of birth defects? And how does radiation work?

Hugely illuminating, Radiation is the definitive road map to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

Bonus: Includes a PDF of Illustrations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A well-written extension of the reach of reason in an area fraught with phobia and hysteria. Kirkus Reviews
  • Gale and Lax aim to fill in the gaps in the public understanding of all things nuclear, and they are adept at doing so. Throughout the book they present a host of interesting facts and figures in humorous and accessible prose. New Scientist
  • Everyone needs to read this book; it’s compact, easy to understand, rife with interesting revelations, and it cuts through a great deal of the noise surrounding the subject [of radiation]. Jewish Journal
  • “Eric Lax [and Robert] Gale weigh up the risks and benefits of industrial, medical, and natural radiation clearly, logically and with ample science. But it is Gale’s phenomenal frontline experience that gives this book edge.”

    Nature

  • Eric Lax [and Robert] Gale weigh up the risks and benefits of industrial, medical and natural radiation clearly, logically and with ample science. But it is Gale’s phenomenal frontline experience that gives this book edge. Nature
  • [Lax and] Gale’s is an invaluable guide for negotiating an increasingly radioactive world—for scientists, patients of radiation-related medical procedures, and environmentalists alike. Publishers Weekly
  • Gale and Lax objectively present the danger and value of radioactivity. In content and writing, Radiation absolutely glows. Booklist
  • “[Lax and] Gale’s is an invaluable guide for negotiating an increasingly radioactive world—for scientists, patients of radiation-related medical procedures, and environmentalists alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gale and Lax objectively present the danger and value of radioactivity. In content and writing, Radiation absolutely glows.”

    Booklist

  • “A well-written extension of the reach of reason in an area fraught with phobia and hysteria.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gale and Lax aim to fill in the gaps in the public understanding of all things nuclear, and they are adept at doing so. Throughout the book they present a host of interesting facts and figures in humorous and accessible prose.”

    New Scientist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Cahall | 7/8/2013

    " Informative and well presented, I just realized I don't have a book length fascination with radiation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sardonyx | 6/23/2013

    " The title sounds kind of alarmist but the insides aren't so bad. It had a lot of food for thought and refreshed my memory about what we learned in school about nuclear energy and radiation in general. It's pretty up to date as well, talking about as recent events as the Fukushima Daikii accident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony Roos | 3/15/2013

    " informative. skeptical about some of the conclusions. "

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About the Author

Robert Peter Gale, a scientist and physician, is presently visiting professor of haematology at Imperial College, London.  His career has focused on the biology and therapy of bone marrow and blood cancers, especially leukemias. He is the author of numerous medical books, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. For the last thirty years, he has led or been involved in the global medical response to nuclear and radiation accidents, including those in Fukushima and Chernobyl. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned numerous Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.