AUTHORNichols, Maj. Gen. K. D.
TITLEThe Road to Trinity: A Personal Account of How America's Nuclear Policies Were Made
PUBLISHERWilliam Morrow and Company
CITYNew York, NY

This autobiography forms an expansive and authoritative text on the building of the atomic bomb, and the formulation of nuclear policy after World War II. As District Engineer under General Groves during the war, Nichols provided invaluable support in the production of the atomic bombs used in 1945. He describes that period, and also details his post-war staff responsibilities to formulate doctrine for the use of thermonuclear (fusion) weapons. His responsibilities included developing advanced delivery systems (missiles) and defense from Soviet missile attacks. Nichols discusses his time as general manager of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1953 until 1955. In the introduction, he includes his memo to President Eisenhower recommending the use of atom bombs against the North Koreans and Chinese during the Korean War.

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