Developing the Hydrogen Bomb
Work on the Hydrogen Bomb began during the Manhattan Project, but not until the Soviet's exploded their first atomic bomb did efforts toward building the "Super" begin to take shape.
- 1948 Estimate of the Status of the Russian Atomic Energy Project
- 1949 Statement Announcing the First Soviet A-Bomb
- 1949 CIA Report of Surveillance
- 1949 General Advisory Committee's Majority and Minority Reports on Building the H-Bomb
- 1949 Strauss' Letter to President Truman
- 1950 Statement by the President on the Hydrogen Bomb
- A Short Account of Work on Thermonuclear Weapons, 1946-1950 (1.2 Mb pdf)
- Weapon Design: We've Done a Lot but We Can't Say Much (388k pdf)
- Comments on The History of the H-Bomb by Hans A. Bethe (304k pdf)
- Seven Hours of Reminiscences by Edward Teller (200k pdf)
If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.
-Hans Bethe, physicist