AUTHORAllardice, Corbin / Trapnell, Edward R.
TITLEThe Atomic Energy Commission
PUBLISHERPraeger Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents the control and management of atomic energy by the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from its origins in the Manhattan Project until 1972. The authors describe the functions of the AEC, which include regulation of nuclear power, research, information security, and a bureaucratic relationship with the United States Congress. They also highlight the technical and economic issues of furthering nuclear power, providing a map of existing and planned generating facilities. Additionally, there is a chapter about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his management of Los Alamos in developing the atomic bomb. The authors both worked for General Leslie Groves in the late stages of the Manhattan Project and as staff members of the AEC in its early years.

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