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The Making of the Atomic Bomb

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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Simon & Schuster) – Trade paperback (2012)
    by Richard Rhodes

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    Trade paperback, Simon & Schuster
    2012
    English
    25th Anniversary ed.
    838 pages

    ISBN: 1451677618
    ISBN-13: 9781451677614

    "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award" TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb "remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly--or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare ... Show more

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Reviews of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

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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!

JohnEdward

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.

RonRocker

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.

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savannahm

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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