Somewhere on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout in the early ’90s, David Hahn became obsessed with building a breeder reactor. (Blame the rosy pamphlets he read to earn his Atomic Energy badge, blame his absent, divorced parents, blame the fact that it’s apparently easy to get uranium.) Silverstein tells how this lonely high schooler landed americium (he bought 100 smoke detectors wholesale), radium (antique glow-in-the-dark clocks), and uranium (mail order!) and turned his suburban Detroit backyard into a Superfund site. Though David’s character is overshadowed by the science, Silverstein’s details of atomic history are fascinating.
The Radioactive Boy Scout Somewhere on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout in the early '90s, David Hahn became obsessed with building a breeder reactor. (Blame the rosy...The Radioactive Boy ScoutNonfictionKen Silverstein Somewhere on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout in the early '90s, David Hahn became obsessed with building a breeder reactor. (Blame the rosy...2004-03-05
Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Ken Silverstein
Posted March 5 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
- Diva Layla El retires from WWE
- Woody Allen says private life doesn't resonate in his films
- 'Law & Order' director arrested on child pornography charges
- 'Secret in Their Eyes' gets new release date
- 'Friends' creator: Those $1 million cast salaries were 'ridiculous'
- See a clip from Lifetime's 'The Unauthorized Full House Story'
- NatGeo announces 'Big Game of Thrones,' admits HBO won't let them keep title
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- #50Scoops50Days: Keep up with the latest in fall TV news
- Ashley Madison profiles for TV's most famous adulterers
- Tyra Banks, The Madden Bros., Taylor Schilling & More!