AUTHORMoss, Norman
TITLEKlaus Fuchs: The Man Who Stole the Atom Bomb
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1987
ISBN0-312-01349-3


This interesting biography by a British journalist focuses on the personality and human relations of Klaus Fuchs, a refugee German physicist who was a member of the contingent of British scientists working at Los Alamos during World War II. Fuchs passed on secret information to the Russians and was arrested and jailed as a spy in England in 1950. The book reveals that Fuchs came to England from Germany not as a spy, but as a refugee who embraced Communism in reaction to the Nazi regime. As a scientist in England, he became involved in nuclear research by accident, approached the Soviets on his own initiative, and carried out his espionage judiciously. The author presents Fuchs as a shy, kindly bachelor who, according to Fuchs, divided his life into two separate compartments: his spying activities and friendships with people in his environment. Extensive interviews with Fuchs’ peers contribute to the engaging narrative. The biography contrasts with Robert Williams' less personal account, which emphasizes Fuchs' role in the larger context of politics and espionage of the period. An appendix contains Fuchs' confession as given to the British War office in January 1950.


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