By Ken Silverstein
Becoming up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn used to be fascinated with technology. whereas he was once engaged on his Atomic strength badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive consciousness became to nuclear strength. Throwing warning to the wind, he plunged right into a new venture: construction 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 outmoded physics textbook, David cobbled jointly a crude gadget that threw off poisonous degrees of radiation. His absolutely unsupervised undertaking eventually 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, finally, hubris has the narrative power of a chief 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