Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2016
Duration: 10 hours 51 minutes
A riveting, chilling tale of how a group of ragtag activists infiltrated one of the most secure nuclear weapons sites in the United States, told alongside a broader history of America's nuclear stewardship
On Saturday, July 28, 2012, an eighty-two-year-old Catholic nun, a Vietnam veteran, and a house painter infiltrated the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, nuclear complex in the dead of night, smearing the walls with human blood and spray-painting quotes from the Bible. Then they waited to be arrested. What was a simple plan-one far more successful than even its perpetrators expected-spawned a complex discussion. How did three unarmed civilians manage to penetrate one of the most heavily guarded locations in the world, nicknamed the "Fort Knox of Uranium"? Why does the United States continue to possess more nuclear weaponry than is needed to destroy global civilization many times over? And what does this mean for the day-to-day safety of Americans?
In Almighty, Washington Post writer Dan Zak begins with the present-day axis of a seventy-year-old story, exploring how events of the twentieth century led to one of the most successful and high-profile demonstrations of anti-nuclear activism.
"Centering on a single episode, a powerful declaration of conscience, a Washington Post reporter tells an intensely unsettling story about living with our nuclear arsenal...While the author's sympathies clearly lie with his protagonists, the narrative plays fair...More than anything, though, it's the moral convictions demonstrated by Zak's three holy fools that will remain with readers. A scrupulously reported, gracefully told, exquisitely paced debut." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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