I finished reading Yellowcake Towns by Michael A. Amundson. The book covered several important uranium mine and mill towns, including Uravan, CO; Moab, UT; Grants, NM, and Jeffrey City, WY.
The book remained objective; it reported facts about each town, rather than spending time on a political soapbox about uranium, mining or company stores. It painted a clear picture of what life was like in each of these towns during their booms and busts.
It told two different tales- one of cities that grew and adapted to changing economies (Moab, Grants) and ones that didn’t (Uravan and Jeffrey City). It also spoke of how the government had a large hand in how mines and mills were controlled and regulated, and the impact of uranium prices as set by the government.
Overall, I was impressed with the depth of research in this book. Each chapter had quite a few sources, as well as tales and quotes by residents in each town.
For anyone interested in the west, the desert, mining history or uranium history, this book is a “must have.”
Thank you for reading my book review.