AUTHORFarmelo, Graham
TITLEChurchill's Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race
PUBLISHERBasic Books, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2013
ISBN978-0-465-02195-6


This book describes the interactions between Britain and the United States in the development, use, and post-World War II deployment of nuclear weapons, particularly with respect to Winston Churchill's involvement. It recounts how British scientists made the initial progress toward an atomic bomb and how the efforts of the two nations diverged after the war. The author’s premise is that Churchill relied extensively on his scientific advisor “Prof” Frederick Lindemann for advice in crucial issues involved in the development of an atomic bomb. Lindemann’s confidence in Britain’s ability to produce the weapon led Churchill to decline U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s early offer of Anglo-American collaboration on creating nuclear weapons. Although Churchill did regain a measure of cooperation with a secret agreement with Roosevelt at the 1943 Quebec conference, after the war, U.S. President Harry S. Truman nullified the arrangement and the two nations proceeded with independent nuclear weapons programs. The book provides an interesting biography of Lindemann and his interactions with Churchill.


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