America's Atomic Bomb Tests - The Collection
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One will learn a lot about nuclear weapons and their effects from these films. Personally, I found them fascinating, and I'm sure I will watch them again to improve my understanding and address new questions that may arise in my mind. For those interested in science, Cold war history, or technological development, I recommend these films highly.
p.s.: The documentaries are from the late 50's, and they are presented in the style that was common in those days. That, in and of itself, is an interesting look back for the historian.
I've owned Trinity and Beyond for several years, and I really enjoy the way it is presented. But, it has to cover so many tests in a short amount of time that it skims over a lot of information about testing procedures, etc. You begin to get the impression that the military was doing these tests for their own amusement. After watching this DVD, I have a much better understanding of the entire process. It's easy to see why the military was eager to do so many tests in the early days of the atomic weapons program. The science of the atomic bomb was a moving target, and this DVD outlines the research they made.
Though I would never like to see anyone use atomic weapons ever again, their sheer power is fascinating, beautiful, and frightening at the same time. If you are interested in the science of atomic testing, you should really take a look at this set.
This collection gives some amazingly detailed insight to the huge logistical effort that had to be undertaken. Like another reviewer mentioned, you would think that the weapons were just popped off to see if they worked, then put them in the inventory. Rather frightening is the clear expectation that wars of the near future were going to be atomic. There is much explanation as to weapons effects on the targets of war, survivability of the same, and how to figure out how to get the most bang for the buck. The explanation of the precursor phenomenon and mach stem relative to yield and burst height is reasonably easy to follow. Although reasonably technical, they stop well short of any true technical commentary on weapon development. There is no discussion of the different components tested such as neutron initiator designs, or fission boosting tests in some of the shots.
Operations Cue documents the Civil Defense testing. It is fascinating that they make the point that the weapon used is a firecracker compared to "modern megaton weapons." They mention that the test still has merit because the data can be scaled to that of the much larger megaton weapon effects. Hilarious in a creepy way, the difference is tornado-level distruction verses virtual vaporization, of course.Read more ›
The case that the DVD's came in is rather thin and cheaply made, but I didn't buy it for the case. However you might not want to buy anything that is heavy at the same time as the case will likely arrive cracked or broken in shipment.
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I get that the movie is old but I am very depressed with this. It is extremely boring if you are looking for action, but if you are into the science aspect of nuclear tests then... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
IT'S ALL JUST VERY TECHNICAL STUFF. NOTHING REALLY ADRESSES, POLITICS, HISTORY, MORALITY, OR ANY OTHER ISSUES. NOT WHAT I EXPECTED.Published 9 months ago by Mark Twain
This are the original presentation films concerning the topic and are NOT a fluffed-up re-presentation of the original works, such as is found on “Trinity and Beyond”. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rob K.
As student of military and war history, this book was riveting. The incomprehensible destructive power of nuclear
fission and fusion in these bombs is the stuff of mala in... Read more
nice history lesson about the development and testing of this unbelievable weapon of mass destruction.Published 20 months ago by John M. Miljavac