Select one or two books to read. I highly recommend William Tucker's book because it reviews many nonnuclear energy sources, too.
How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America's Energy Odyssey
This book is particularly recommended for its researched analysis of many energy options, with whole chapters on coal, oil, gas, solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and the California energy crisis.
without the hot air
A new book that does the numbers for sustainable energy supplies. Did you know that unplugging your phone charger saves as much energy as driving one second? I highly recommend this.
Power to Save the World
The Truth about Nuclear Energy
This 2007 book is written by a novelist in a narrative style that makes it easy to read. There are few illustrations. The work is supported by extensive references in the appendix.
Hell and High Water
Global Warming, the Solution and the Politics, and What We Should Do
Romm was acting assistant secretary at the Department of Energy in the Clinton administration. His 2007 book treats the failure of the Bush administration to address global warming as a right wing plot led by the established industrial complex. He devotes two pages to nuclear power.
A Brighter Tomorrow
Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy
Senator Pete V. Domenici
The New Mexico senator wrote this book in 2004; he analyzes our energy problems and strongly supports nuclear power. The appendices provide resource materials. The book is marred a bit by some (possibly well won) chest-thumping. It gives a view into the difficult and complex world of governmental laws, regulatory agencies, and international treaties. It also has a good overview of waste, spent fuel, and reprocessing technologies.
The Revenge of Gaia
Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity
This is one of the latest in this environmentalist's series about Gaia -- earth viewed as an organism. He frets about global warming and concludes that nuclear power is essential for survival of humanity.
Thorium energy, cheaper than from coal, solves more than just global warming!
This booklet contains the graphics and some narrative for the topic of the liquid fluoride thorium reactor, which will be presented in unit 5 of the course. The thesis is that undercutting the economics of coal-generated power will lead to lower CO2 emissions and a more prosperous lifestyle for developing nations which now suffer overpopulation.
Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power
W. J. Nuttall
This 2005 book by a British author is a comprehensive survey of the various nuclear power technologies in history, the current time, and the future. There are many illustrations. It is not very technical, but you might be more comfortable reading it if you have science or engineering in your background.
The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
This short 2007 book is an economist's analysis of prudent expenditures of resources to combat global warming. He presents costs and benefits of many approaches -- such as painting city streets white!
Nuclear Power is Not the Answer
This is a 2006 book by a famous Nobel-peace-prize-nominated anti-nuclear activist pediatrician. Read it carefully: "...the nuclear industry received thirty times as much financial support -- $15.3 per kilowatt hour..."
Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy
George A. Olah, Alain Goeppert, G.K. Surya Prakash
If you studied chemistry in high school or college you can understand this 2006 book by Nobel-prize-winner George Olah. He shows how methanol and dimethyl ether can substitute for petrochemical gasoline and diesel fuel, using the existing US infrastructure of pipelines, delivery trucks, and gas stations. Methanol can be produced via hydrogen from new, high temperature gas nuclear reactors.
The Hype About Hydrogen
Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate
Joseph J. Romm
This 2005 book by a Clinton-era executive in the Department of Energy is a good overview of the envisioned hydrogen economy. It illustrates the difficulties of utilizing hydrogen as a vehicle fuel and makes alternative recommendations. Nuclear power to create hydrogen is treated in two pages, but he does not discuss hydrogen as a feedstock to create methanol and other petrochemicals.
The Environmental Case for Nuclear Power
Economic, Medical, and Political Consideration
Robert C. Morris
This 2000 book by a retired chemistry teacher is an easy-to-read book comparing the hazards of nuclear power to the hazards of air pollution. Though updated in 2000, its environmental evidence is based mainly on much older research. The book is a bit preachy, and there is not enough back up for many of the statements (that I do believe are correct).