By Ken Silverstein
Growing to be up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn used to be thinking about technological know-how. whereas he was once engaged on his Atomic power badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive awareness grew to become to nuclear strength. Throwing warning to the wind, he plunged right into a new undertaking: development a version nuclear reactor in his yard backyard shed.
Posing as a physics professor, David solicited details on reactor layout from the U.S. govt and from specialists. Following blueprints he present in an superseded physics textbook, David cobbled jointly a crude equipment that threw off poisonous degrees of radiation. His thoroughly unsupervised undertaking ultimately sparked an environmental emergency that placed his town’s 40 thousand suburbanites in danger. The EPA ended up burying his lab at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah. This offbeat account of ambition and, eventually, hubris has the narrative strength of a main mystery.
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The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein