AUTHORShepley, James R. / Blair, Clay, Jr.
TITLEThe Hydrogen Bomb: The Men the Menace the Mechanism
PUBLISHERDavid McKay Company, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
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Aimed at the average reader of the 1950s, this book tells the story of the development of the hydrogen bomb by the United States. The account has a predictable 1950s patriotic perspective while describing the heroic uphill battle of Edward Teller to push the thermonuclear bomb program past strong opposition in time to save freedom itself from extinction by Soviet domination of the world. The author opens with an account of the realization in the U.S. that the Soviets had successfully tested an atomic bomb. It presents brief biographies of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller, and next gives a step-by-step account of the development of the hydrogen bomb. It then provides a description of the atomic bomb delivery system, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) under General Curtis LeMay, and a description of the Soviet strategic air forces and their dangerous build-up. The book includes only a very basic description of the physics and chemistry involved in nuclear technology, due partially to the fact that most knowledge of the subject was classified at the time. Excerpts from letters of prominent figures are quoted liberally.

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