Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians

Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 1579128084

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first collection ever of the writings and insights of the original creators of the atomic bomb, along with pieces by the most important historians and interpreters of the subject, is now in paperback.

Born out of a small research program begun in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people, including our foremost scientists and thinkers, and cost nearly $2 billion?and it was operated under a shroud of absolute secrecy. This groundbreaking collection of documents, essays, articles, and excerpts from histories, biographies, plays, novels, letters, and the oral histories of key eyewitnesses is the freshest, most exhaustive exploration yet of the topic.

Compiled by experts at the Atomic Heritage Foundation, the book features first-hand material by Albert Einstein, Leslie Groves, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Niels Bohr, Henry Stimson, and many others.

Dozens of photographs depict key moments and significant figures, and concise explanatory material accompanies each selection. The project's aftermath and legacy are covered as well, making this the most comprehensive account of the birth of the atomic age.

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initial blast, Hersey provided wrenching descriptions of the impact of the atomic bomb. Immediately after the war, 85 percent of the American people approved of the use of the atomic bombs. Over the next year, the public’s confidence in that decision waned. In February 1947, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson wrote an article in Harper’s Magazine explaining the Truman administration’s decision to use the bomb. According to historian Barton Bernstein, it was “history with a purpose,” intended to

evidence is strong, but not conclusive, that American leaders saw the bomb above all as a way to impress the Russians and also as a way to end the war before the Red Army got very far into Manchuria.) Why are historians still struggling over these issues? One reason is that few nations find it easy to come to terms with questionable actions in their past. Nor is this a simple left-right debate. In recent years liberals have been critical of the decision. At the time The Nation magazine

Oak Ridge, 1942-1970 edited by James Overholt. Copyright © 1987 by the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. for excerpts from “Hiroshima After Sixty Years: The Debate Continues” by Gar Alperovitz. Crown Books for excerpts from First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and its Prisoners of War, by George Weller. Copyright © 2006 by Anthony Weller. Diplomatic History for “Seizing the Contested Terrain of Early Nuclear History” by Barton J.

everyone knew that it was an unparalleled opportunity to bring to bear the basic knowledge and art of science for the benefit of his country. Almost everyone knew that this job, if it were achieved, would be part of history. This sense of excitement, of devotion and of patriotism in the end prevailed. Most of those with whom I talked came to Los Alamos. The road to the laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, was treacherous, winding its way along steep canyon cliffs up to the isolated mesa.

from that of the wife of a history professor. It was a good life, too. Even before the Pearl Harbor attack, however, the physicist’s routine had changed. Defense projects were started in college laboratories; armed guards began to pace the thresholds of physics buildings. One’s husband grew more secretive about his work, and one knew that his job must be important, for he was immune from the draft. The physicist’s wife realized that her husband, in wartime, was more than just a college

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