AUTHORBrown, Anthony / MacDonald, Charles B., Eds.
TITLEThe Secret History of the Atomic Bomb
PUBLISHERDell Publishing Company
CITYNew York, NY

The editors of this historical anthology combine pertinent books, essays, and documents to describe the Manhattan Project from its inception to the use of the atomic bombs on Japan. Part I is an edited version of the Smyth report, a report on the science and history of the Manhattan Project, which was released to the public in August 1946. The editors introduce that report, ironically, as the crown jewel of Soviet espionage. Part II outlines the auxiliary scientific projects of the Manhattan Project, many located at universities. Part III describes more general components of World War II, such as intelligence. Parts IV and V describe the large-scale wartime industrial efforts at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. In Part IV the editors use the 19 short chapters of “Los Alamos” by David Hawkins to depict the assembly of the first bombs. The final section describes the atomic explosions, their physical effects, and their global implications—including “Hiroshima”, an article by Father John Siemes, professor of modern philosophy at Catholic University in Tokyo. The book gives a good overview and many interesting details of the Manhattan Project.

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