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The Making of the Atomic Bomb Hardcover – February 1, 1987

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The breadth and scope of this gripping narrative is almost as impressive as the story itself. Rhodes ( Looking for America describes the theoretical origins of the bomb, the lab experiments, the building of the prototype, the test at Alamagordo, the training of the B-29 crews assigned to deliver the first two combat bombs and the missions themselves. There's much more. Rhodes, gifted with sharp psychological insight and a novelist's ability to convey character, reveals the personalities and emotional dynamics among Niels Bohr, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller, Ernest Lawrence, Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie Groves, Colonel Paul Tibbets and others responsible for conceiving, engineering, testing and ultimately dropping the apocalyptic devices on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition he describes the struggle in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan to make the first bomb, as well as the political and military events that led inexorably to the destruction of the Japanese cities. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the subject to date. Illustrations. BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 886 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (February 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671441337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671441333
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars The making of the Atomic Bomb.. Horrifying inevitability, made explicable.
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