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  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033969
  • ASIN: B004JZWMFI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featured in the December 2009 Foreword Footnotes
Winner - Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title

"A splendid introduction to the complex dilemmas of our atomic world." - F.M. Szasz, Choice Magazine (March 2010)

"Nuclear Dawn is a 'must' for any military library and for general history collections strong in World War II and nuclear bomb history. It offers a fully illustrated book surveying the development of the bomb, from early attempts to tests and advances in technology. An added bonus: it considers how the US Air Force had development capacity to delivery the weapons and considers the sites where such developments took place." -Midwest Book Review (February 2010)

"This fascinating book covers the pre-atomic age, the development and delivery of atomic bombs to their targets in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, international reaction to the attacks, and post-war atomic testing at Bikini Atoll. It then analyzes nuclear proliferation and deterence and the bomb's legacies, which have touched virtually every aspect of human affairs." -Colonel Gordon W. Keiser (Ret), US Naval Institute Proceedings (February 2010)

"Now, I am not much of a scientist. I am especially ignorant when it comes to the hard sciences, such as physics. It thus came as a bit of a surprise to me that the history of what is largely an area of research in physics could be so remarkable. Delgado, however, knows the craft of writing as well as any historian and he makes his subject both meaningful and exciting for even a casual reader...Reading Nuclear Dawn makes the atomic bomb far more accessible as a concept to the average reader than any other book on the subject I have read." - David Mitchell, BiblioBuffet (November 2009)

"Nuclear Dawn is a breathtaking story written in crisp, highly readable prose. Fully illustrated, this comprehensive book fills an important gap in our understanding of the enormous changes that the United States military underwent during World War II." -Sir Read-a-Lot/sirreadalot.org (October 2009)

About the Author

James P. Delgado is the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world's leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of the human past through shipwrecks and seafaring. The host, with Clive Cussler, of the National Geographic International Television series The Sea Hunters, Dr. Delgado is the author or editor of nearly thirty books, including Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks, Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea, Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll, Pearl Harbor Recalled: New Images from the Day of Infamy and Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: History's Greatest Naval Disaster. The author lives in Richmond, British Columbia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reed Kantor on September 6, 2013
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all the bomb tests that were done after the war ended.. most interesting information...most people dont know about all this.
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NUCLEAR DAWN: THE ATOMIC BOMB FROM THE MANHATTAN PROJECT TO THE COLD WAR is a 'must' for any military library and for general history collections strong in World War II and nuclear bomb history. It offers a fully illustrated book surveying the development of the bomb, from early attempts to tests and advances in technology. An added bonus: it considers how the U.S. Air Force had to development capacity to deliver the weapons and considers the sites where such developments took place.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Heberlein on September 7, 2013
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Tells the story about the biggest weapon ever. The back story and the history about a secret childhood. A lot is still not known about what happened to make the weapon.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Michael Guhl on October 30, 2009
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This is for sure one of the best currently available studies on the development and operational use of the A Bomb and its aftermath.
James P. Delgado's work is one of the first books which shows that the A Bomb discovery and development process was in fact the product of Western --and mostly European science-- and not of US research only. However, it is true that the final realization was purely U.S.
The book's iconography is also excellent, showing all aspects of the A bomb, with sketches, maps, color profiles, including photos of the main actors and places. A very good and interesting to read work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book discusses the nuclear age from Democritus
540 BC up through the first atomic blast in
New Mexico during 1945. Important precursors to the
nuclear age are x-rays and Marie Curie's element Ra
which involves tremendous heat.

The work contains excellent pictures; such as,
post Hiroshima and the Nagasaki Peace Park. The author
documents a long and tedious research history
leading up to the atomic bomb.

Nonetheless, there are potential positive developments;
such as the Tokamak or "Artificial Sun" which is a
multi-nation project to produce virtual power.
The experimentation should reach a yield greater than the
inputs within the foreseeable future. The Chinese are
experimenting with a Megev process which potentiates
energy in a number of variable density environments.

This book would be perfect for a scientific project
at any level of academic study.
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