AUTHORIrving, David
TITLEThe German Atomic Bomb
CITYNew York, NY
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This book on Germany's failure to build an atomic bomb in World War II explains the research that was conducted, the direction of Nazi experiments, and how close Hitler came to success. The book describes many German scientists involved in the effort including Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn, Kurt Diebner, Rudolph Mentzel, Walther Bothe, Erich Bagge, Abraham Esau, and others. The author argues that if those scientists had been gathered in an appropriate setting and given adequate resources, they could have developed an atomic bomb before the end of the war. The documentation of atomic research conducted during the war includes the Heisenberg pile, heavy water experiments, and the world's first ultracentrifuge. The Allies' knowledge of Germany's bomb research is also discussed, especially the intelligence gathered in the Alsos mission. The text conveys the idea that Germany lacked only the motivation and organization to build an atomic bomb. Many of David Irving's later historical works have been met with significant skepticism from the academic community, as historians have questioned his historiographic methods and personal biases. This book was also published in the United Kingdom with the title The Virus House.

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