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Twenty-five years after its initial publication, andlt;iandgt;The Making of the Atomic Bomb andlt;/iandgt;remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodesand#8217;s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political realities that led to the development of the atomic bomb.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This sweeping account begins in the 19th century, with the discovery of nuclear fission, and continues to World War Two and the Americansand#8217; race to beat Hitlerand#8217;s Nazis. That competition launched the Manhattan Project and the nearly overnight construction of a vast military-industrial complex that culminated in the fateful dropping of the first bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Reading like a character-driven suspense novel, the book introduces the players in this saga of physics, politics, and human psychologyand#8212;from FDR and Einstein to the visionary scientists who pioneered quantum theory and the application of thermonuclear fission, including Planck, Szilard, Bohr, Oppenheimer, Fermi, Teller, Meitner, von Neumann, and Lawrence.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From nuclear powerand#8217;s earliest foreshadowing in the work of H.G. Wells to the bright glare of Trinity at Alamogordo and the arms race of the Cold War, this dread invention forever changed the course of human history, and andlt;iandgt;The Making of The Atomic Bomandlt;/iandgt;b provides a panoramic backdrop for that story.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Richard Rhodesand#8217;s ability to craft compelling biographical portraits is matched only by his rigorous scholarship. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail that any reader can follow, andlt;iandgt;The Making of the Atomic Bomb andlt;/iandgt;is a thought-provoking and masterful work.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Richard Rhodes offers the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discoveries to the dropping of the first bombs.

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

andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Contentsandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Part One: Profound and Necessary Truthandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;1. Moonshineandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;2. Atoms and Voidandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;3. andlt;Iandgt;Tviandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;4. The Long Grave Already Dugandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;5. Men from Marsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;6. Machinesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;7. Exodusandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;8. Stirring and Diggingandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;9. An Extensive Burstandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Part Two: A Peculiar Sovereigntyandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;10. Neutronsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;11. Cross Sectionsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;12. A Communication from Britainandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;13. The New Worldandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;14. Physics and Desert Countryandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;15. Different Animalsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;16. Revelationsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;17. The Evils of This Timeandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Part Three: Life and Deathandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;18. Trinityandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;19. Tongues of Fireandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Epilogueandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Acknowledgmentsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Notesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bibliographyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Indexandlt;/Iandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439126226
Subtitle:
25th Anniversary Edition
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Author:
Rhodes, Richard
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Science : General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
making of the atomic bomb, history of the atomic bomb, the making of the atomic bomb, richard rhodes author, richard rhodes
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120612
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
234.95 x 155.575 x 43.18 mm 1110.847 gr

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Making of the Atomic Bomb
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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Richard Rhodes offers the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discoveries to the dropping of the first bombs.
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