AUTHORGoldschmidt, Bertrand
TITLEThe Atomic Complex: A Worldwide Political History of Nuclear Energy
PUBLISHERAmerican Nuclear Society
CITYLa Grange Park, IL
DATE PUBLISHED1982
ISBN0-89448-550-4


Taking a global perspective, this book describes the growth of and political issues behind the development of nuclear weapons and power from the late 1930s through 1981. Divided into two parts, the book tells the stories of nuclear weapons and nuclear power separately. Each section is further divided into different time periods; the subsections narrate the major events and actions of the key nations. The author, a prominent French scientist, was a student of Marie Curie, and a member of the French delegation to the Manhattan Project . He explains the events behind the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, the race for atomic bombs by various nations, and attempts at international control of nuclear weapons. He also details the creation and expansion of atomic power for non-military uses and the debates concerning it.


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