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In this unique journey across continents and centuries, award-winning author Patrick Marnham explores the ruthless dictators, dangerous minds and prehistoric precedents behind the development of nuclear power.
Patrick Marnham is a biographer and travel writer. He began his career as a reporter on Private Eye and has written for many newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the New York Times and Liberation. He has worked as a BBC script writer and a special correspondent in Africa, the Middle East and Central America. He has been literary editor of the Spectator and was the first Paris Correspondent of the Independent. He has written lives of Diego Rivera, Georges Simenon, Jean Moulin and Mary Wesley. His books have won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Marsh Biography Award. To accompany this book Marnham has written the prize-winning documentary film Snake Dance, directed by Manu Riche, the Belgian film maker. Patrick Marnham lives with his family in Oxfordshire.
"A beautifully written book - informative and entertaining" -- Piers Paul Read Spectator "Fascinating... Snake Dance is nothing less than the biography of nuclear power, the most awesome force humanity has yet unleashed upon the planet" -- Peter Whittakar New Internationalist "[Patrick Marnham's] mastery of a vast trove of material makes him an erudite travel companion...perennially eager to poke about in radiation zones armed only with a wonky Geiger counter and a paper mask" -- Matthew Green Literary Review "The travel writing is first class... [A] thrillingly ominous account" Spectator "A superb book on the genesis and use of the atomic bomb" Scotsman