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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp; 1 edition (June 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738822302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738822303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,806,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Cohen retired after a long controversial career in nuclear weapon issues. During World War II he was assigned to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. After the war he joined the RAND Corporation as a nuclear weapon analyst. In the course of his work he developed the technical/military concept of the ‘neutron bomb’ in 1958. He has consulted with the Los Alamos and Livermore nuclear weapon laboratories, the U.S. Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has authored numerous articles and books on nuclear issues.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nigel B. Cook on June 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr Samuel Cohen spent his life trying to blunt the forces of disaster, and to turn nuclear weapons into a means of ending all war for once and for all.
Unlike Dr Oppenheimer and Dr Teller, Cohen never acquired the influence to publicise his innovations widely or forcefully enough to reach success.
Motivated by childhood problems and shame, he was able to endure the ridicule and dismissals which were the hallmark of being the inventor of the neutron bomb.
On 11 July 1956, on a barge in the lagoon of Bikini Atoll, a nuclear test codenamed Redwing-Navajo was conducted. The bomb had a total yield of 4.5 megatons, but the surprising thing was that only 5% came from fission. It was 95% clean.
Dr Hans Bethe two years later wrote, in the 27 March 1958 Top Secret - Restricted Data "Report to the NSC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Technical Feasibility of a Cessation of Nuclear Testing" (Bethe was the Working Group Chairman), page 9:
"... certain hard targets require ground bursts, such as airfield runways if it is desired to make a crater, railroad yards if severe destruction of tracks is to be accomplished... The use of clean weapons in strategic situations may be indicated in order to protect the local population."
On 12 July 1958, the Hardtack-Poplar shot on a barge in the lagoon yielded 9.3 megatons, of which only 4.8% was fission. It was 95.2% clean. It was the clean Mk-41C warhead.
Dr Cohen, at the RAND Corporation, visited the weapons laboratories and worked on a very low yield clean weapon. Because the case thickness needed in a hydrogen bomb is proportional to the cube root of the total yield, the thickness is minimal for very low yields.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John on May 28, 2009
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It's freely available on line as the author wants, at athenalab dot com and elsewhere.

It's the story of the author's dysfunctional upbringing, followed by his career in nuclear weapons beginning with the Manhattan Project, his tenure at the RAND Corporation, and his invention of the neutron bomb. The author felt isolated as a child, and then later as an adult with his persistently realistic look at something that almost no one he met wanted to discuss: how a nuclear war would actually play out, and how we and the rest of the world would emerge. This is a personal and cynical account of America's nuclear history and the asinine ways in which some of the gravest decisions imaginable were made.

Mr. Cohen didn't push the bomb because it was his pet invention; he invented it after being sent to Korea to observe a modern "limited" war firsthand, and seeing what was needed.

The neutron bomb is easy to understand. It's like a Claymore mine except that the ball bearings (neutrons) are much harder and tinier. It has no nuclear effects on the target --but that only holds true when it is properly burst at altitude so that the ground is beyond the reach of the small atomic blast required to propel the neutrons. Neutrons are so tiny that most of them fly right through tank armor and buildings unimpeded, the way most bird-shot would fly through a cyclone fence. But when a neutron hits something its own size and weight, namely a hydrogen nucleus, it's like a billiard ball colliding with another. Hydrogen is found in hydrocarbons, i.e. organic molecules --the molecules of life that you and I are made up of.
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He must have been high when he wrote this, or sniffing neutron fumes, or something.

Basic premise: Sam's childhood trauma caused by an overprotective mother and her application of a succession of
enema treatments caused Sammy to build a neutron bomb that causes uncontrolable
nausea, vomiting, DIARRHEA, and death. I don't know that I buy any of that,
but Sam Cohen is tight with Ziggy's ideas, so that's between the two of them.
For the reader, there's all the background at RAND & associated cold-war, Mil-Industrial
hi-jinks that plays out along the way. We get to meet some the other characters,
some really intelligent bumblers, who with Cohen, helped shape the policy of MAD, as well as
many other doctrinaire joys of the duck & cover era.

Reads like a breeze, full of anecdotes and insights, and leave you wondering if the neutron bomb as conceived by Sam Cohen (an important point indeed) could really have had an important roll to play in the next world war, instead of being relegated to
use by minor players like China. After such an event passes, and the world is covered in radioactive dust, wouldn't it have been ever so much better to just kill everyone, and save the infrastructure and environment? It's all about the real-estate, after all, isn't it?

Well, that's the argument that Sam makes, as well as the humane aspects of utilizing neutrons in military theater, killing the soldiers, and saving civilian populations (and Bambi/bunnies too we must assume) from deadly, long-lived radioactive fallout.

Have a nice Dieoff!
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