July 25, 2008

A error in Ken Burns' War

I finally had a chance to watch Ken Burns' epic War. As I was watching the 6th and final DVD, the narrator stated that after the dropping of Fat Man on Nagasaki that "America had no more such bombs, and would be unable to produce any for several months"

What?! I knew that was incorrect. I could not recall the actual delay. I thought it was about 1- 2 weeks at worst, but months?

So, asked Stan Norris, author of Racing for the Bomb, if he could recall when the third bomb would be ready. He replied

On August 10 General Groves informed General Marshall that a bomb would be ready for delivery on the first suitable weather after 17 or 18 August (See Racing, p. 424)

There were other bombs being prepared beyond that third one, if the need should arise.

It was disappointing to hear this error. I wonder what other errors might have slipped into the film.

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May 01, 2007

The Acheson-Lilienthal Report

We are in the process of adding A Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy (aka The Acheson-Lilienthal Report). The sidebar content is still being refined. If you have any suggestions on related items, drop us a line.


We have also been working on the backlog of book reviews, so stay tuned....

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March 14, 2007

We're a footnote...

I just finished read Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons, and we are listed in the notes section! When I started this project so many years ago, I never thought that this site could be as vaulable as it seems to be.

The book is a wonderful summary of the nuclear world and a path to a safer future. If you ever have heard Joe speak, you will know the passion he has on this topic.

I plan to do a more complete review shortly. I've been busy with other projects, so I am a but behind in book reviews in general. One of the biggest take-aways I had was that the world is at an interesting crossroads, overall the world is in less danger of complete nuclear annilihation (now the climate is another story), but the risks of a nuclear attack via terror seems to greater.

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