Nuclear Power
A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition
by Harry Henderson
May 2014, 401pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-396-7
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Could the Fukushima nuclear disaster have happened in the United States?

Provides timely and up-to-date facts, context, perspectives, and tools to make informed decisions about nuclear energy.

In the 21st century, nuclear power has been identified as a viable alternative to traditional energy sources to stem global climate change, and condemned as risky to human health and environmentally irresponsible. Do the advantages of nuclear energy outweigh the risks, especially in light of the meltdown at the Fukushima plant in 2011? This guide provides both a comprehensive overview of this critical and controversial technology, presenting reference tools that include important facts and statistics, biographical profiles, a chronology, and a glossary. It covers major controversies and proposed solutions in detail and contains contributions by experts and important stakeholders that provide invaluable perspective on the topic.


  • Surveys five decades of controversy and examines the effects of nuclear disasters
  • Explains why nuclear power is being proposed as an important solution to the problem of global climate change
  • Supplies opinions from experts and advocates regarding the future of the nuclear industry
  • Provides overview information on technical topics such as the nuclear power cycle, from uranium mine to waste storage; and the differences between reactor designs and their associated benefits and risks
Harry Henderson is a freelance writer who has published more than 30 books relating to computer science, technology, inventions, and related social issues. His published works include the previous edition of ABC-CLIO's Nuclear Power: A Reference Handbook; Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology; and Alan Turing: Computing Genius and Wartime Code Breaker.


"Part of the Contemporary World Issues series, this second edition of Nuclear Power . . . has been significantly updated and revised. . . . Each chapter is informative and balanced in coverage. . . . This is a valuable resource for libraries supporting programs in environmental studies, energy studies, and earth sciences. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers."—Choice, November 6, 2014

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


Subject coverage spans six main categories:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
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