Stephanie Cooke is the author of the book, In Mortal Hands, A Cautionarysc_blog_photo History of The Nuclear Age.  She began her reporting career in 1977 at the Associated Press, first in Augusta, Maine and then Boston. In 1980 she moved to McGraw-Hill in New York as an associate editor for the industry newsletters Nucleonics Week, NuclearFuel and Inside N.R.C., later becoming chief editor. In 1984 she transferred to London and two years later covered the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident for Business Week and NucleonicsWeek. She wrote for Institutional Investor after leaving McGraw-Hill, but began writing again on nuclear topics for British or European publications such as GQ, the Index of Censorship, Readers Digest, The International Herald Tribune, and The Independent newspaper. In 2004, Ms. Cooke returned to the United States to complete the book. She lives with her son in Kensington, Maryland, and is currently editor of Uranium Intelligence Weekly, part of the Energy Intelligence Group.

To read more about Stephanie and her book, please visit her website: InMortalHands.com

12 Responses to “About”

  1. edward j neary  on December 13th, 2009

    i’m barely halfway through your book and have come to theorize the possibility that the millions of tons of radioactive debris released into the atmosphere during the years of above-ground testing may be linked to the global increase of death by cancer and an an immune system that has difficulty dealing with a sneeze!

  2. andrew alexander  on March 17th, 2011

    Dear Steph,
    Congratulations! You’ve a sure-fire best seller–lord knows, timing is everything. Our best to you and your family! Andy and Laura from Sherman.

  3. Robert  on March 19th, 2011

    I wouldn’t give you the cost of your book.

    We can all sit in fear by candle light and non- running wind turbines or we can rise to the challenge.

    Nuclear power will save out world and carry us to the stars. The alternative is over porpulation, food shortages and endless wars.

  4. Thomas Alexander White  on April 28th, 2011

    Hello Stephanie,

    I have read your remarkable history and will continue to promote it where we live, here in Sherman, CT. It was a very welcomed eye opener for me — I have lived through the entirety of the so-called nuclear age — and am confident that your superb history will enable a great many others to do so as well.

    The nun’s prayer for you is well earned.

    Thomas White

  5. zuki  on June 14th, 2011

    Hello Stephanie,

    I enjoyed your book very much. It delivered a lot of background for a more informed discussion.

    But there are also some cons, which I did not like. It might be a problem in translation (German), or it is because of your US view?
    Naming Fidel Castro always a tyrant is not ok. He was president of Cuba, tyrant is an negative judgement and should be a no go in such a publication.

    Same with the soviets. In German translation all political officers are named “party bigwigs” (in German: Parteibonzen). This is also carries very negative connotations and is a global judgement about the persons actions on the other side of the iron curtain.

    But all in all a very good book.

    Best regards,


  6. Gerhard Thom  on June 14th, 2011

    Dear Stephanie,

    i red your book “Atom, die Geschichtes des nuklearen Irtums” (in mortal hands) in 3 days and must say, this book is must for every body in the world who can read especially for every polictician. It is highest time to return and I must say that Germany is on the right way to say good bay to nuclear power stations. Good bless you and your family.
    All the best,
    Gerhard Thom

  7. Stephanie Cooke  on June 15th, 2011

    I appreciate you comment Michael and want to assure you that the word tyrant never appeared before the name of Fidel Castro in the English-language version of my book. The index in that version shows 7 listings for Castro. I checked each one of them and there were no adjectives used ahead of his name. Similarly I would not use language like “party bigwigs” to describe high-level Politburo officials. But thank you for pointing that out to me. Stephanie Cooke

  8. Stephanie Cooke  on June 15th, 2011

    Dear Gerhard,

    Thank you very much for reading my book. It is gratifying to know that it is having some impact. I am following developments in Germany with great interest. Your government has set a very high bar and I hope it succeeds in meeting its objectives.

    Stephanie Cooke

  9. zuki  on June 15th, 2011

    Dear Stephanie,

    many thanks for your reply. Glad to read that it seems to be a translation issue. This is what I have expected.

    I am not sure if “bigwig” is the correct translation, this is what I found on http://www.leo.org for “Bonze”.

    As mentioned before, a very, very good book, about
    an important topic these days. We hope all that the things will find now a good end in Germany and we will not see a revival of the nuclear lobby again.

    All the best, Michael

  10. mike  on August 6th, 2011

    Michael, I agree that it isn’t best style placing political judgements in publications where they’re not necessarily expected. But the publisher isn’t really notorious, at least for me, for picking on the political left. Furthermore, I’m wondering if you find violations of human rights less despicable if they’re ordered or comitted by a communist dictator.

    Michael (,too)

  11. Marvin Lewis  on April 10th, 2013

    I read Jaczko call for phaseout in US. Great story. I am the intervenor pro se that won his contention on filters back in 1979 and couldn/t do anything with it as I was out of vacation time , money and enthusiasm.(TMI#1 restart hearings.)
    I got some good stuff: epigenics may mean that rising background dose leads to the end of evolution, designs lead below requirements, …
    215 676 1291; marvlewis@juno.com; 8567237988

  12. Stephanie Cooke  on April 10th, 2013


    Tell us more about what happened after you won your contention. For anyone reading the blog who would like to read the original story I’m afraid you’ll have to take a somewhat circuitous route to get a copy from the Energy Intelligence website – but it’s worth reading. Unfortunately the Japanese just announced that they’ll let PWR (pressurized water reactor) operators take 5 years to install filtration, though BWR (boiling water reactor) operators won’t be able to restart without them. The primary reasons for this is that BWRs have smaller containments, making them more vulnerable to pressure buildup. All of this may be mute insofar as Japan is concerned as restarts in many cases are likely to take years.


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