AUTHORCompton, Arthur Holly
TITLEAtomic Quest: A Personal Narrative
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England
DATE PUBLISHED1956
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This book is a personal recollection of the creation of the atomic bomb by the director of the Metallurgical Laboratory of the Manhattan Project, Arthur Compton. Compton held his key position from 1941 to 1945; reflecting on that experience, he tells the story of the bomb’s progress from convincing President Roosevelt to invest in the idea, through its planning, research, and development phases, and finally to its use in Japan. He also depicts his experiences with notable figures including Einstein, Oppenheimer, Fermi, Lawrence, Bush, Groves, Stimson, and Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. In addition to portraying the group effort that accomplished the objectives of the project, Compton also reveals the fears and conflicts many had concerning the use of the atomic bomb and includes a chapter on the impact that weapon has had on world affairs. Like many memoirs, this one is not 100% accurate.


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