AUTHORGroueffe, Stephane
TITLEManhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb
PUBLISHERLittle, Brown and Company
CITYBoston, MA

This book focuses on the role of American industry in the Manhattan Project. Groueff does not discuss the use of the atomic bombs or the ethical and strategic implications of atomic energy. He discloses many details previously classified by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The author uses several weeks of taped interviews with General Groves to solidify his account, and thus Groves becomes the protagonist in the story. The story moves from administration in Washington to Fermi’s first nuclear reactor in Chicago, to gaseous diffusion experiments at Columbia University, and eventually to the key sites at Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos. Groueff provides a detailed description of how the cooperation between Groves, many of the world’s top scientists, and American industry functioned to solve the many scientific, technical, and management problems whose solution was required to produce the first atomic bombs.

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