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The Making of the Atomic Bomb


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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Awardandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, andlt;Iandgt;The Making of the Atomic Bomb andlt;/Iandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftlyand#8212;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 as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the bomb, with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peersand#8212;Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumannand#8212;stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Richard Rhodes gives the definitive story of manand#8217;s most awesome discovery and invention. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail, andlt;Iandgt;The Making of the Atomic Bomb andlt;/Iandgt;is a narrative tour de force and a document with literary power commensurate with its subject.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Richard Rhodesandlt;/bandgt; is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Table of Contents


Part One: Profound and Necessary Truth

1. Moonshine

2. Atoms and Void

3. Tvi

4. The Long Grave Already Dug

5. Men from Mars

6. Machines

7. Exodus

8. Stirring and Digging

9. An Extensive Burst

Part Two: A Peculiar Sovereignty

10. Neutrons

11. Cross Sections

12. A Communication from Britain

13. The New World

14. Physics and Desert Country

15. Different Animals

16. Revelations

17. The Evils of This Time

Part Three: Life and Death

18. Trinity

19. Tongues of Fire






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Rhodes, Richard
Simon & Schuster
General History
US History - 20th Century
Military - Weapons
Military - Nuclear Warfare
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