AUTHORAlbright, Joseph / Kunstel, Marcia
TITLEBombshell: The Secret Story of America's Unknown Atomic Spy Conspiracy
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1997
ISBN0-8129-2861-X


The authors of this book unearth the spying at Los Alamos that allowed the Soviet Union to explode an atomic bomb. They show that the spying transcended Klaus Fuchs and the Rosenbergs. A major spy was Ted Hall, an 18-year-old physics prodigy, who was one of the youngest members of the Manhattan Project. He helped perfect the implosion technique for the plutonium bomb, the same bomb the Soviets first built. Code-named “Mlad”, Hall was the first scientist to pass top-secret materials to the Soviets. The authors track Hall from his childhood in New York City, to his young years as an idealist of socialism, to his time at Los Alamos, where he sent coded messages based on Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. The story continues with the U.S. Army code-breakers and FBI detectives who systematically tracked down Mlad, striving to catch the unknown spy before it was too late. The book also delves into the lives and actions of Hall’s fellow traitors. Extensive notes and a bibliography include many previously classified documents.


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