AUTHORAnders, Roger M., Ed.
TITLEForging the Nuclear Shield: Excerpts from the Office Diary of Gordon E. Dean
PUBLISHERUniversity of North Carolina Press
CITYChapel Hill, NC

This book chronicles the work of Gordon E. Dean, who served as the chairman of U. S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1950 to 1953, using excerpts from an office diary of telephone calls he kept. During the early 1950s, the chairman of AEC wielded a tremendous amount of policymaking power, as it was the sole government agency with control over the nation’s atomic energy and weapons programs. With the Korean War as a backdrop, Dean oversaw the vast expansion of the United States government’s nuclear production facilities and the development of the hydrogen bomb. Much of the content and insight contained within Dean’s diary on the development and negotiation of the AEC’s policies during that time period exist nowhere else. The editor provides an excellent introduction and culled most of the extraneous material in the 1,400 page diary collection.

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