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The Making of the Atomic Bomb


With a brand new introduction from the author, this is the complete story of how the bomb was developed. It is told in rich, human, political, and ... Show synopsis

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  • Making of the Atomic Bomb (Simon & Schuster) – Trade paperback (1995)
    by Richard Rhodes

    Making of the Atomic Bomb

    Trade paperback, Simon & Schuster
    928 pages

    ISBN: 0684813785
    ISBN-13: 9780684813783

    With a new Introduction by the author, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic about how the atomic bomb came to be. In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly--or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesting speculative problem in ... Show more

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Reviews of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Overall customer rating: 5.000
Dene Nixon
by Dene Nixon on Oct 4, 2012

Richard Rhodes's books are just a wonderful read concerning the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. Recommended!


great book

by JohnEdward on Mar 10, 2011

This book is the most comprensive book on this subject. Also very exciting as to the security surrounding this project.


A fabulous and revealing book

by RonRocker on Dec 18, 2008

If you are scientifically curious and somewhat founded in Chemistry and general science or if you are a WWII buff; you will not be able to put it down. It is revealing in both the science and engineering of the fission bomb. It leads you through the trials and tribulations of the war effort, funding huge projects and also the thrill of success at the Trinity site first test in New Mexico. The author gives an introduction to all the "players" in the development including the scientists, the government and the Military. It also reveals the horror of victims of an atomic attack in Japan. It exposes the spying that went on during the development of the Bomb. The conception of, and the beginnings of the Hydrogen bomb projectis also revealed. The book is indexed. Recommend follow up book: Dark Sun (The Hydrogen Bomb) by same author.


Fascinating and comprehensive

by savannahm on Feb 17, 2008

Long and detailed, but an excellent marriage of stories, politics, and science. If you're particularly interested in the subject, this is a must read; if you're a bit curious for any other reason, it's still worth a read and skim. Especially interesting is his take on the forces and pressures of the time on scientists and officials, and the sort of force the atomic bomb shaped up to be in the world. It's also interesting just to see how science we're taught as a given was formulated, how the scientific community works, and what sort of people these major scientists were--Rhodes is quite a portrait painter. This is most likely the definitive work on the development of the atom bomb, yet accessible to any reader or person interested in history or science or politics or most any subject.

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