Considering the quality and quantity of the author's previous books, this is a disappointment. She says the ""basic ideas of atomic energy...are no more difficult than many ideas you already understand,"" yet the material is so inadequately organized or explained that any grasp of these ideas will be fuzzy at best. The writing is commonplace, and rather than ""a story of peacetime uses, problems, and hopes"" it is a large smattering on a rudimentary level, highlighting early research and biological/medical uses. About the widespread radioactive dangers, she writes, regarding power producing reactors, that many people who were once afraid are now convinced of their safety, but she doesn't mention that at least as many more are not so sure. Brief suggestions for additional information.