About the Author
(1909-89) was a prolific writer and international bestselling author who helped found the Consumer's Union. His legacy includes heading the first task force to publicize the dangers of smoking as well as being among the first to draw attention to the worldwide threat posed by the atomic bomb. Katharine Way
(1903-95) was a pioneering nuclear physicist who helped establish the journals Nuclear Data Sheets
and Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables
. Based in Washington, D.C., The Federation of American Scientists
was formed in 1945 by atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project who felt they had an ethical obligation to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on critical national decisions, especially pertaining to the technology they unleashedthe atomic bomb.