AUTHORRhodes, Richard
TITLELiving with the Bomb
PERIODICAL TITLENational Geographic
DATE PUBLISHED2005
VOLUME NUMBER
ISSUE NUMBERAugust
PAGE NUMBERS98-113
ISSN0027-9358


This article gives a brief description of efforts in the past and present to secure and control nuclear weapons. It focuses mainly on the danger of proliferation after the end of the Cold War, discussing both proliferation to nation states and to terrorist groups. Former Senator Sam Nunn, who pushed for helping to secure Russian nuclear materials, is quoted frequently in the article. Included with the article is a timeline of the nuclear age beginning with the discovery of nuclear fission in 1938 through North Korea’s (DPRK) declaration that it possessed nuclear weapons in February 2005. Also, there is a world map that shows the nuclear powers, potential nuclear powers, select nuclear facilities throughout the world, and a list of close calls in which nuclear material was almost stolen and sold. There is also a page that shows the damage that would occur in Washington, D.C. if a nuclear device exploded on the Mall. The damage is shown for a small atomic bomb of 15 kilotons, a hydrogen bomb of 300 kilotons, and a suitcase bomb of 0.1 kiloton. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb.


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