Nuclear Family Vacation

Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry

By Nathan Hodge; Sharon Weinberger
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781596916319, 324pp.)

Publication Date: February 15, 2011

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In "A Nuclear Family Vacation," husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs? Their itinerary takes them from the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan to the U.S.'s own top-secret "Site R," opening a unique perspective on the world's vast nuclear infrastructure and the international politics at play behind it.

Sharon Weinberger is a national security reporter focusing on science and technology issues. Her writing has appeared in the "Washington Post Magazine," "Wired," "Nature," "Discover," and "Slate, " among other publications. She is also the author of "Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld.

About the Author

Sharon Weinberger is a contributing writer for "Wired"'s national security blog, "Danger Room," She was previously editor in chief of McGraw-Hill's "Defense Technology International "and a writer for "Aviation Week & Space Technology," a leading aerospace and defense magazine. She is the author of the recently published "Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld," and writes frequently on national security and science for the "Washington Post Magazine," "Slate," and "Discover,"
Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based writer for "Jane's Defence Weekly," A frequent contributor to Slate, he has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, and the former Soviet Union. His work has appeared in the" Financial Times," "Foreign Policy," and "Details," among many other newspapers and magazines.
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