The Bomb: A Life / Edition 1

The Bomb: A Life / Edition 1

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by Gerard J. DeGroot
     
 

Bombs are as old as hatred itself. But it was the twentieth century—one hundred years of incredible scientific progress and terrible war—that brought forth the Big One, the Bomb, humanity's most powerful and destructive invention. In The Bomb: A Life, Gerard DeGroot tells the story of this once unimaginable weapon that—at least since 8:

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Bombs are as old as hatred itself. But it was the twentieth century—one hundred years of incredible scientific progress and terrible war—that brought forth the Big One, the Bomb, humanity's most powerful and destructive invention. In The Bomb: A Life, Gerard DeGroot tells the story of this once unimaginable weapon that—at least since 8:16 a.m. on August 6, 1945—has haunted our dreams and threatened our existence.

The Bomb has killed hundreds of thousands outright, condemned many more to lingering deaths, and made vast tracts of land unfit for life. For decades it dominated the psyches of millions, becoming a touchstone of popular culture, celebrated or decried in mass political movements, films, songs, and books. DeGroot traces the life of the Bomb from its birth in turn-of-the-century physics labs of Europe to a childhood in the New Mexico desert of the 1940s, from adolescence and early adulthood in Nagasaki and Bikini, Australia and Kazakhstan to maturity in test sites and missile silos around the globe. His book portrays the Bomb's short but significant existence in all its scope, providing us with a portrait of the times and the people—from Oppenheimer to Sakharov, Stalin to Reagan—whose legacy still shapes our world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017245
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2005
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceviii
List of Abbreviationsxii
List of Illustrationsxiv
1Killing is Easy1
2Neutrons and Nations8
3Born in Manhattan33
4It's a Boy!56
5Decisions66
6Genshi Bakudan82
7Nuclear Giants and Ethical Infants106
8On a Russian Scale126
9Embracing Armageddon148
10To Little Boy, a Big Brother162
11The New Look184
12Symbols, not Weapons217
13Testing Times237
14To the Brink253
15How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb272
16Mid-Life Crisis304
17Fallout327
Notes353
Select Bibliography370
Index377

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