AUTHORHewlett, Richard G. / Holl, Jack M.
TITLEAtoms for Peace and War 1953-1961: Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA
DATE PUBLISHED1989
ISBN0-5200-6018-0
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This volume, the third in the official history of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), explores the evolution of nuclear technology and the activities of the AEC during President Eisenhower’s administration. Using many primary sources, the book deals with the major events and issues at the AEC at the time, such as the revocation of Robert Oppenheimer’s security clearance and efforts to develop atomic energy. The authors not only discuss the AEC, but also Eisenhower and his controversial Cold War policies. They argue that he sought to reduce the danger of nuclear war, and they generally agree with those scholars who portray him as a strong and influential president. The book contains extensive footnotes with many references, a useful essay on sources, and informative appendices containing basic and comprehensible technical and administrative information concerning the actions taken by the president and the AEC throughout the period.


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