Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

by Richard Rhodes
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Dark sun the making of the hydrogen Bomb 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BKofSC More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating view of the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United Sates during the critical years when the Cold War was just beginning. On one level, I found the work disappointing—the subtitle indicates that the book is about the development of the hydrogen bomb. However, the actual work on the development of this weapon accounts for a relatively small portion of the book. On another level, however, the development of the H-bomb was integral to US-Soviet relations during the post-WWII years, and as such, it was an excellent introduction to the paranoia on both sides of the Atlantic which led to decades of mistrust between both nations. Rhodes spends a great deal of time explaining the Soviet espionage program in the United States. The extensive use of spies by the Soviets explains in part the strident response in the US government to the perceived threat of Soviet world domination. On the other hand, the United States’ emphasis on a first strike capability with atomic weapons and the use of preventative war could not have done other than fueled Soviet fears of American intentions with regard to the destruction of their communist system of government. The book at times goes into a little too much detail, but I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the atmosphere of anxiety in which many Americans grew up during the 1950s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've nearly finished reading this book, and I must say that this is a great read. Been reading it for a couple of months now and I am still not finished, which should be evidence as to how detailed it is. The writing is good enough to really draw in the reader and technical parts are detailed enough to get the idea of what is being talked about, yet easy enough for a semi-cellege educated person (such as myself) can understand it. I'm merely a 22-year old tech-school drop out, but I've always had an interest in the cold war and especially in nuclear science. I recommend a mild education first in order to understand the technical parts, as they can get a bit dicey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, in short, explains the Cold War. In addition to covering the making of the hydrogen bomb, the author also covers how the Soviets stole the A-bomb. This book is not as technical as the author's earlier 'The Making Of The Atomic Bomb', and as a result reads like a thriller. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rhodes does not disappoint those of us who read The making of the Atomic Bomb. He puts the same amount of excellent research into this effort and there are excellent first hand accounts incorporated into the story. He also discusses the espionage that went on around the atomic and hydrogen bombs and the scientists who worked on it in USSR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago