The Cult of the Atom

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The Cult of the Atom: The Secret Papers of the Atomic Energy Commission is a 1982 book by Daniel Ford. Ford is an economist and former director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who used the Freedom of Information Act to access thousands of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) documents. The AEC was the predecessor of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.[1][2][3]

The Cult of the Atom is a piece of political literature that discusses issues brought up by the nuclear disarmament movement.

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  1. ^ Gerald H. Clarfield and William M. Wiecek (1984). Nuclear America: Military and Civilian Nuclear Power in the United States 1940-1980, Harper & Row, New York, p. 469.
  2. ^ Weinberg, Alvin M. (March 1983). "Safety is as safety is seen". Nature. 302 (5903): 89–90. Bibcode:1983Natur.302...89W. doi:10.1038/302089a0. ISSN 1476-4687.
  3. ^ Bolotin, Susan (1982-11-08). "Books of the Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-23.