AUTHORKelly, Cynthia C., Ed.
TITLEThe Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators. Eyewitnesses, and Historians
PUBLISHERBlack Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
CITYNew York

Edited by Cynthia Kelly, the president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, this comprehensive anthology contains eyewitness accounts of the creators of the first nuclear weapons and those who participated in related events. It also contains excerpts from the writings of eminent historians and political leaders who have dealt with issues related to those weapons. The history of the project is presented in nine major sections, including the events that led to the Manhattan Project; the partnership which included the military, the academic community, and industry; the leadership of General Leslie Groves and Dr. Robert Oppenheimer; the four major sites where the project was located; the secrecy surrounding the project, including intelligence and counterintelligence; the Trinity test; use of the weapons on Japan; reflections on the bomb; and living with the bomb after World War II. The work provides an organized history of the Manhattan Project as well as an interesting depiction of scientific discovery, technical innovation, military strategy, and moral reflection.

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