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Nuclear Dawn: From the Manhattan Project to Bikini Atoll (General Military) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 22, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033969
  • ASIN: B004JZWMFI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 2-star rating may be a bit harsh because there is nothing really wrong with what the author has written. I would call it more of a truth-in-packaging issue. I have to wonder who the author saw as his audience. If he intended to create a glossy "coffee-table" book for the totally uninitiated that describes the birth and evolution of nuclear weapons and their societal impact, then he has succeeded. However, I have to wonder if such an audience actually exists. (Perhaps the favorable reviews suggest that it does.) The glossy figures make for a nice, easy-to-absorb package for those who really know nothing about the subject and are looking for the least-demanding vehicle to begin their education. However, there is already a vast literature that covers all aspects of nuclear weapons from the historical details of their birth and subsequent development to their strategic and political implications in varying levels of depth. Even readers who are totally new to the subject can find countless existing volumes that cover whatever aspects of nuclear weapons and their implications particularly interest them at whatever depth they feel is appropriate to satisfy their needs. Why create yet another book that adds nothing new to this already rich literature when there is new ground to explore?
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With some modest previous exposure to the subject, having briefly researched Trinity, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini, and having been a youngster of the post war generation growing up under the nuclear threat, I found the book informative, well researched and written, with appropriate photographs and maps / charts /diagrams. This is not a tome, nor a lengthy technical immersion, but a great historical overview of the Atomic Bomb, as it was obviously intended. I highly recommend the book!
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This book is a quick read that covers all of the relevent events regarding the development, testing, and deployment of the atomic bomb. If you interest is not satisfied once you are done with this fine book, I would strongly suggest the Richard Rhodes "The making of the atomic bomb". after you have finished this volume, you will know everything there is to know on the subject.
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By Pavementnomad on July 12, 2015
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Awesome book for those interested in the way operations and project planning were applied to the manhattan project. A quick read for sure.
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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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