The Bomb : A Life

by Gerard J. DeGroot

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For decades it dominated the psyches of millions, becoming a touchstone of popular culture, celebrated or decried in mass political movements, films, songs, and books. DeGroot traces the life of the Bomb from its birth in turn-of-the-century physics labs of Europe to a childhood in the New Mexico desert of the 1940s, from adolescence and early adulthood in Nagasaki and Bikini, Australia and Kazakhstan to maturity in test sites and missile silos around the globe. His book portrays the Bomb's short but significant existence in all its scope, providing us with a portrait of the times and the people--from Oppenheimer to Sakharov, Stalin to Reagan--whose legacy still shapes our world.

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Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

by Richard Rhodes

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The definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.

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Cold War: An Illustrated History, 1945-1991

by Jeremy Issacs, Taylor Downing, Jeremy Isaacs, Jeremy Asaacs

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Beautifully designed and illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this companion volume to the CNN documentary series.

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In the Shadow of the Bomb

by Silvan S. Schweber

In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create.

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The Cold War: A History

by Martin Walker

This book traces the course of the Cold War from Yalta in 1945 through the Korean War, the Kennedy-Khrushchev confrontations, Vietnam, the "New Cold War" during the Reagan administration, the advent of glasnost and perestroika under Gorbachev and the "year of miracles" (1989).

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Stalin and the Bomb

by David Holloway

A spellbinding story of the people and politics behind the development of the Soviet atom bomb. Based on interviews with participants and research in newly opened archives, the book reveals how the American atomic monopoly affected Stalin's foreign policy, the role of espionage in the evolution of the Soviet bomb, and the relationship between Soviet nuclear scientists and the country`s political leaders.

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The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller, and the Superbomb

by Herbert F. York

A contributor to the development of nuclear arms, Herbert F. York writes this book about the the first hydrogen bomb or superbomb from an insider's perspective.

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The American Atom: A Documentary History of Nuclear Policies from the Discovery of Fission to the Present

by Philip L. Cantelon, Richard G. Hewett, Robert C. Williams

An extensive collection of primary documents that tells the story of atomic energy in the United States from the discovery of fission, through the development of nuclear weapons, to the Cold War, and attempts at control of nuclear weapons.

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Physics and Nuclear Arms Today

by David Hafemeister

Physics and Nuclear Arms Today is a collection of the best articles written about the arms race which appeared in Physics Today between 1976 and 1989. The articles explore a wide variety of topical issues such as the effects of nuclear weapons, nuclear testing, offensive strategic weapons, defensive SDI or Star Wars weapons, nuclear nonproliferation and the social responsibility of scientists as well as a wide selection of articles which chronicle the history of nuclear weaponry.

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Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll

by Jonathan M. Weisgall

This book is a comprehensive and thoroughly documented historical account of the two atomic bomb tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946.

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The Man Behind the Rosenbergs

by Aleksandr Feklisov, Sergei Kostin, Alexander Feklisov, Serguei Kostine

Former KGB operative Feklisov's memoirs detail his activities supervising American engineer Julius Rosenburg and English physicist Klaus Fuchs. Feklisov also describes his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, serving as a mediator between Kennedy and Krushchev.

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The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass and How He Sent His Sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the Electric Chair

by Sam Roberts

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for and convicted of conspiring to steal atomic secrets. In 1953, their execution tore American apart. One man doomed the Rosenbergs: David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother, the young army sergeant who spied for the Soviets at Los Alamos during World War II and whose testimony later sealed his sister and brother-in-law's fate.

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In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Security Clearance Hearing

by Richard Polenberg (Editor)

This book presents part of the 1,047-page transcripts of the 1954 hearings of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Personnel Security Board that resulted in the revocation of Robert Oppenheimer's security clearance.

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In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: Politics, Rhetoric, and Self-Defense

by Rachel L. Holloway

In contrast to historical and political explanations of the Oppenheimer case, Rachel Holloway explores the role that rhetoric played in Oppenheimer's removal from government service. In doing so, the author draws attention to the symbolic nature of politics and character and highlights the significant interaction of political and scientific terminologies in American discourse.

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Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project

by Peter Bacon Hales

Atomic Spaces tells the story of the project's three key sites and delivers a bold, graphic interpretation of these sites and the larger issues they represented.

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The National Labs: Science in an American System, 1947-1974

by Peter J. Westwick

Historian Peter J. Westwick explores the inner workings of the USA's unique national labs system. He traces the evolution of the labs from their origins as the developers of nuclear weapons, reactors, and other technologies of destruction to diversification into physical, biomedical, and other types of research.

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Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality after the Cold War

by Paul Shambroom

In Face to Face with the Bomb, photographer Paul Shambroom documents the components of America's nuclear arsenal, and through his series of striking images which depict the devices and their day-to-day maintenance, he the makes clear the magnitude of the nuclear reality we have created.

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Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program

by David Stumpf

These missiles carried the largest nuclear warhead in the US arsenal. They were deployed in the 1950s and deactivated in the early 1980s, and have been used since then to launch satellites. Research scientist Stumpf (U.of Arizona) draws from interviews, memoirs, recently declassified documents, and other public materials to tell the tale.

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On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

by Michele Stenehjem Gerber

Details the environmental ravages of the plutonium-producing reactors located on the Columbia river in southeastern Washington.

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Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War

by Hugh Gusterson

Exploring the scientists' world of dark humor, ritualized secrecy, and disciplined emotions, anthropologist Hugh Gusterson uncovers the beliefs and values that animate their work. He discovers that many of the scientists are Christians, deeply convinced of the morality of their work, and a number are liberals who opposed the Vietnam War and the Reagan-Bush agenda.

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Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers

by Nick J. McCamley

n recent years full details have gradually begun to emerge about US and British preparations for defense against nuclear attack during the cold war. It as believed that both the civilian and military command could continue to operate from a nationwide series of underground bunkers.

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