AUTHORRhodes, Richard
TITLEDark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This sequel to Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb shows how the failure of the scientists and political leaders to understand each other’s realms almost led the world to a nuclear Armageddon. The narrative begins during World War II with Edward Teller’s work on the hydrogen bomb and continues into the postwar era with accounts of Soviet espionage and how critical information was obtained about U.S. nuclear weapons. Finally, it covers the arms race and the production of hydrogen bombs by the superpowers. It is a well-blended mix of issues - the arms race, superpower confrontations, and technological advances - that makes a compelling story. The book contains an extensive bibliography.

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