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Listen to Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger discuss atomic tourism on: Fresh Air with Terry Gross; NPR’s Weekend Edition; Science Friday, and C-Span’s Washington Journal.

“The enlightening A Nuclear Family Vacation … is a trawl around the many nuclear missile launch sites, weapons laboratories and test bases that still litter the planet… It is solid and informed, but the format, partly travel, adds a lighter side. The idea of package tours to former top-secret nuclear test sites is bizarre in itself and the writers revel in the oddness of what they are doing.”
-South China Morning Post

“Highly entertaining and deeply worrying. The mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction lives on.”
-Financial Times (Top Science Books of 2008)

“A vacation for some, a nightmare for others. Either way, well worth reading.”

“Exhibiting dark humor, defense journalists Hodge and Weinberger take a tour of America’s nuclear-weapons infrastructure, visiting labs, plants, bunkers, missile silos, and ground zeros of nuclear explosions.”

“In this adventure in ‘nuclear tourism,’ the husband-and-wife authors … convey an acute sense of the incoherence of latter-day nuclear strategizing.”
-Publishers Weekly

“In this off-the-uncontaminated-path adventure, Sharon Weinberger and Nathan Hodge make nuclear vacationing seem fun, in a weirdly exhilarating way. They are the slightly obsessed tour guides holding the microphones at the front of the security-cleared bus. Together, the experts lead us across a neglected, mismanaged, and forgotten past, pointing out the history of doomsday weaponry along the way. A Nuclear Family Vacation is a shocking reminder that the Cold War isn’t over; it’s just transformed into something else that we don’t have a name for yet.”
-Robert Sullivan, author of Cross Country and Rats

“….required deck-chair reading for one man: Barack Obama.”
-New Statesman

A Nuclear Family Vacation
is an entertaining … attempt to explore today's world of nuclear weapons from the viewpoint of the nuclear tourist.

“[A] book that is both entertaining and informative. Hodge and Weinberger are shrewd and observant nuclear tour guides who are knowledgeable about their subject without being didactic. The book is long on vivid miniature portraits of weapons scientists, missile launch control officers and government officials. The authors use these human encounters, as well as a wealth of weird nuclear trivia, to spice up a book that painlessly imparts a surprising amount of information about the history of the nuclear weapons complex.”
-American Scientist

“[Hodge and Weinberger] succeed admirably in reminding us that nuclear weapons have ‘never really gone away’ and in calling attention to the crucial public debates that are not taking place. The questions they pose are significant and overdue; the answers they receive unsettling…They remind us that the purpose and future of our nuclear arsenal are too important to be left to those whose jobs remain dependent upon its perpetuation.”
-Chicago Tribune

“A Nuclear Family Vacation is an eye-opening read for anyone who thinks that nuclear weapons are a thing of the past.”

“How are you spending your next holiday? Tired of the same old thing? You might want to pick a different destination from A Nuclear Family Vacation, a new book and travel guide by veteran defence reporters Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger. This husband-and-wife team take the reader on a rapid, darkly comic tour of nuclear weapons sites across the world. A rare achievement in a nuclear policy book, their narrative demystifies an intimidating topic for a broad audience without sacrificing substance. Instead of pontificating on thermonuclear war, Hodge and Weinberger give us an eye-level view, often through their car window…the book sparkles with anecdotes and insights. It is well worth the trip.”

“Some people trek to Machu Picchu, some dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Those of us interested in nuclear issues visit the monuments and precincts of the Bomb. Such are husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger.” 
-New Scientist

“In A Nuclear Family Vacation, a husband-and-wife duo of Washington, DC-based defense reporters takes a journey deep into the nation's nuclear weapons complex. But wait—this turns out to be a surprisingly fun road trip.”
-Mother Jones

“Satellite images can convey only so much. If you want to see the destruction for yourself -- the Department of Energy runs tours -- you are in the good company of defense reporters Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger. Their book combines travelogue, history, and science reporting, and offers a splendid introduction to the array of nuclear facilities around the world.”

“Their book ­contains as much ­history as a ­college text, but years of magazine ­writing have given Weinberger and Hodge the spoonful of sugar they need to make the medicine go down. That sugar is delivered in the form of jaunty, you-are-there travel writing big on local color from such undeniably colorful places as Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, the Kwajalein atoll, in the Marshall Islands, and Semipalatinsk Test Site, in Kazakhstan. … [The book] succeeds in its attempt to resurrect the nuclear dialogue largely because it refrains from drowning the reader in facts.”

“Nuclear tourism is an effective and interesting way of canvassing issues we face today.Reading A Nuclear Family Vacation is a good way to learn more about the history of nuclear weapons and become conversant with our current situation. Hodge and Weinberger have done the legwork to back up their common-sense conclusions.”
-Defense Technology International

“Under­lying their journey into our nuclear past is an earnest and thoughtful discussion of our nuclear present—and future…They identify a troubling lack of a cohesive national nuclear policy and remark that “much of the infrastructure supporting nuclear weapons continues to exist merely because no one has come up with a compelling reason to shut it down.”One can imagine an updated version of A Nuclear Family Vacation in which the two visit sites in Pakistan, India, China, North Korea, Israel, Russia, France, Great Britain, and heaven knows where else. The itinerary is not as finite as one would like; in fact, it seems to be growing. But there would be some comfort in having these sober and subtle observers as our guides.”

“Surprisingly funny and completely understandable to the layperson, A Nuclear Family Vacation is a memorable trip through the looking glass of nuclear annihilation.”
-ForeWord Magazine

“A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry
is like a travelogue/history lesson/geopolitical thriller that traces the development of U.S. nuclear facilities across the nation and weaves it together with the uncertainty of today's nuclear nightmare.”

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