In A Nuclear Family Vacation, husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the open road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Along the way, they soon realize their travels are unearthing more questions than answers: why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there such a thing as a suitcase nuke? Is Iran really building the bomb? Criss-crossing ten US states and five countries, Hodge and Weinberger visit top-secret locations. Their atomic road trip reveals plans to revitalize the US nuclear arsenal, even as the US government pushes other countries to disarm. Lively, topical and probing, A Nuclear Family Vacation lifts the lid on the uncertain role of nuclear weapons in the modern world and asks if the future is as terrifying as it seems.
Nathan Hodge is a Washington DC-based writer for Jane's Defence Weekly. A frequent contributor to Slate, he has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq and the former Soviet Union. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Details, as well as many other newspapers and magazines.Sharon Weinberger is a contributing writer for Wired's national security blog, DANGER ROOM. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld and her writing on national security and science has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Nature and Discover.