AUTHORDeGroot, Gerard J.
TITLEThe Bomb: A Life
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA

This book presents a broad view of the entire history of the atomic bomb from the advances in science and warfare that lead to its creation to its current position in the post-Cold War period. The book focuses in particular on the creation of the bomb at Los Alamos, the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan with the aftermath of that decision, and the bomb’s importance as illustrated in some of the major incidents that occurred during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s. Topics also presented are the pre-history of the atomic bomb and of aerial bombing in general, the Soviet Union's and Britain’s involvement with the bomb, the creation of the hydrogen bomb, disarmament negotiations and agreements, and the bomb’s influence on American culture and society. World leaders of the time, including Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan are discussed, as well as important nuclear scientists, such as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, Leo Szilard, Igor Kurchatov, and Andrei Sakharov. Some photographs are included.

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