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The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986 original; edició 1987)

de Richard Rhodes (Autor)

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Describes in human, political, and scientific detail the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the power of the atom, to the first bombs dropped on Japan.
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Títol:The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Autors:Richard Rhodes (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (1987), Edition: 1st, 886 pages
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Etiquetes:Atomic Bomb

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb de Richard Rhodes (1986)

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    gneimer: An interesting biography of two men who helped shape the atomic era. Rhodes pulls quite a bit of information from this book. A study in contrast between Lawrence and Oppenheimer.
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A tour-de-force of historical narrative that successfully encompasses both the history of science and military history, Rhodes dramatically brings to life the personalities behind the modern nuclear age. Moves with grace and storytelling aplomb from the birth of atomic physics in the early c.20 to the postwar era of The Manhattan Project and the hydrogen bomb. The good: Rhodes is a skilled writer. The great: characters speak in their own voices, with long direct quotations. The author makes a strong case that in 1945, for the first time in history, science became a force to be reckoned with: strong enough to challenge the modern nation-state. Excellent; both deeply engrossing and highly recommended for the history buff. ( )
  wyclif | Sep 22, 2021 |
It took me MONTHS to finish this beast of a book. Sometimes I was enraptured (explanations of nuclear physics), sometimes I was gritting my teeth to slog through (most of the war stuff -- excepting the missions to take out the heavy-water plant supplying the Nazis). Most of it was the kind of book I want to have read more than I want to read. There were just so many people! And of course lots of people were involved, but it was taxing my brain trying to keep some of them straight, and also the timeline so sprawling, so you never knew when you would run into those people again.

For me this book sometimes sunk under the weight of its own ambition (and just its own weight -- this book is a BRICK), but I am still very glad that I finally got around to reading it. And I'll be happy to keep it on the shelf as a reference. It's just -- how many people can be as interested in the physics, the personalities, the politics, the bureaucracy, the bombing campaigns -- ALL of it -- in the same weight as Rhodes? It's a challenge subject -- to cover all the angles! I suppose it is remarkable that I enjoyed this as much as I did. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 17, 2021 |
This is a comprehensive and informative history that is engaging no accessible. It is a FANTASTIC book and was well worth the month I spent reading it.There are no easy answers about using the bombs and I distrust anyone who is not conflicted. I have a very personal slant on it as my father was serving in the Navy in the Pacific theater and would probably have been involved in any invasion of Japan. The casualties that invasion would have inflicted onAllied forces makes it not crazy to think I may not exist if the bombs had not been used. But the awful pain, suffering, and death they unleashed is nearly beyond comprehension. By the way, I will not pretend to have totally understood all of the science detailed here but that is not a requirement to enjoying the book. I do think I'll read something lighter next. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
"And I have become death, destroyer of worlds"

This book is the bible for how the Atomic Bomb was created. It starts of in the dawn of the atomic model, before scientists knew that the atom could actually be split. The book follows from the early 19th hundreds through the first war and to the beginning of the second world war and how the whole atomic business got into the move.

Absolutely fascinating read about what a humungous project this was. With ten thousands of people and enormous factories.

It also gives the harsh opposite side. Up to the dropping of the first bomb it just describes the whole creation, it then gives a long eye witness description. This really shows the horrors of this bomb and how it just not comparable to any other bombings (even to the fire bombings of Tokyo).

If there is one thing I might complain about, it is that Nagasaki just gets too little time in the book. It pretty much is "bomb dropped" and the the way how Japan capitulated. There is sadly no part of eye witness reports from the Nagasaki bombing.

Overall a must read in my opinion. Highly recommended ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
Amazing book. The first act is a fantastic set of tableaus about the physicists and progression of science necessary to discover the capabilities of the atom. The second act is somewhat dry, regarding mostly the politicking necessary to have made the bomb happen, but there is some decent engineering spliced in here and there. The third is about the war effort, the Trinity test, and the eventual dropping of the bomb. The last chapter is horrifying and not something I'd describe as the feel-good read of the year, but it helps to drive home just how terrible these things are.

I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. ( )
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Rhodes, Richardautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gardner, GroverNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ratzkin, LawrenceDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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