AUTHORCohen, Sam
TITLEThe Truth About the Neutron Bomb: The Inventor of the Bomb Speaks Out
PUBLISHERWilliam Morrow and Company, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1983
ISBN0-688-01646-4


This book is an autobiographical account of the development of the neutron bomb by its inventor, Sam Cohen. The author describes how he first became involved with the Manhattan Project and then tactical nuclear weapons. In the early 1950s, his idea for a weapon was augmented by interaction with a group at Livermore Laboratories that was developing a civilian nuclear device that produced minimal explosive power and almost no radioactivity for applications such as mining. He realized that such devices had potential for military applications. The book relates Cohen's advocacy of the idea in the face of resistance by members of the U.S. military and government officials. The author also explains why the concept of a neutron bomb was finally accepted in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan authorized its construction. The book explains the technical basis of the neutron bomb and counters many of the arguments against its development. In the latter part of the book, the author strongly criticizes the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) and America’s international policies.


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