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Tom Zoellner

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Tom Zoellner is the author of several nonfiction books, including Island on Fire: The Revolt that Ended Slavery in the British Empire, and works as a professor at Chapman University and Dartmouth College. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The American Scholar, The Oxford American, Time, Foreign Policy, Men’s Health, Slate, Scientific American, Audubon, Sierra, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Texas Observer, Departures, The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Tom is a fifth-generation Arizonan and a former staff writer for The Arizona Republic and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Lannan Foundation, the Corporation of Ya ...more

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Uranium: War, Energy and th...

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The Heartless Stone: A Jour...

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Train: Riding the Rails Tha...

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The National Road

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Come See the Mountain

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“The best place to find a new mine is next door to an old mine.”
Tom Zoellner, Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

“...Her boyfriend gives her a Mercedes, [her friends] say, 'Oh, that's nice.' But her boyfriend gives her a diamond, they say, 'Oh, he's serious.' It's not just the gift of love-it's the gift of commitment. She's not jumping up and down because she got a diamond ring but because she got a guy! There are those who say you don't need diamonds. I say they're right. Just like you don't need sex.”
Tom Zoellner, The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

“And a single ton of raw uranium provides the same electricity as twenty thousand tons of black coal.”
Tom Zoellner, Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World

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