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Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians Paperback – February 10, 2009
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Starred Review. More than 60 years since WWII was ended by two atomic detonations, the Manhattan Project that made them possible still carries iconic weight, both as an incredible achievement of science and engineering and as the opening salvo in the nuclear arms race. This collection of essays, including excerpts from 45 books and almost twice as many articles, is more than worthy of its subject. The basic science behind the project is detailed in a number of lively accounts by scientists who worked on it; they also recount the lighter side of the experience, including the characters they worked alongside and the camaraderie among them. In-depth analysis of policy and ethical issues take on the justification for Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki (with fine examples from both sides of the argument) and the still-urgent need for global arms control (as argued in a 2007 Wall Street Journal article by Henry Kissinger et al). With a comprehensive reach (going as far back as 1934 to find a charming story on Oppenheimer, "The Absentminded Professor"), Kelly, president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation and an experienced editor (Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project) does a masterful job covering all aspects of the world-changing enterprise and its legacy.
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"I was enthralled by these vivid and compelling accounts of personalities and events at Los Alamos and elsewhere that produced the Bomb, ended a World War, and transformed our lives forever."–Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have always had an interest in understanding more about this pivotal time in our history. My Grandfather was a contract plumber who worked on site for almost three years. My father went down to visit him when he was 16 to get his dad to sign the papers so he could join his three older brothers in the South Pacific. That summer my dad worked at one of the gates checking id s as people came to work.
My dad was one of the lucky ones... if anyone can be lucky in war....... he shipped out and was in route to the Pacific Theatre when the first bomb dropped.
While I hate war and despise the Atomic Bomb I have to admit the truth.... if FDR/Truman had not followed through with it I would most likely not be alive today as my dad ,and his 3 brothers, were on the transports headed for the actual land invasion of Japan.
If you'e a buff, you've probably seen this material in the original, and this second-hand book won't add much to your knowledge. But if, like me, you're a newbie to the Manhattan Project, you can read this book and then read ten more books from the excellent bibliography.