Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb

Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb

by Peter Watson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610399616
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 267,402
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Watson is a journalist, television presenter and historian of intellectual movements. He has written for the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times, the New York Times and the Spectator. His books include The Modern Mind; Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud; and The German Genius; The Age of Atheists; and Convergence — and he has been published in 26 countries.

Table of Contents

Preface - Cover-Up: 'When the Righteous Sin' 1

Part 1 Incognito: Klaus Fuchs and Niels Bohr

1 Zigzag 11

Part 2 The Overestimate of the Germans

2 The Taste of Fear: The Menace of Fission 25

3 The Beginnings of a 'Strategic Game' 38

4 Struggles over Secrecy 46

5 The Midwives 69

6 The Strategic Sabotage of Heavy Water 75

7 The First Glimpses of Germany's Nuclear Secrets 81

8 The 'Crown Jewel' of Secrets 93

9 Intelligence Blackout: The Fatal Mistake 105

10 Fall Out 122

11 'Hard Evidence' of Soviet Spying 139

12 The Secret Agenda of General Groves 153

13 The Bohr Scare 184

14 A Vital Clue Vanishes 190

15 'Don't Bother Me With Your Scruples': The Loss of Innocence 213

16 The Claws of the Bear 223

Part 3 Lives in Parallel: Niels Bohr and Klaus Fuchs

17 The Little Fox 247

18 Lunch in the Supreme Court 269

19 'The Mission He Had Been Waiting For' 274

20 A President 'Eager for Help' 282

21 The Letter from Moscow 287

22 The Prime Minister's Mistake 295

23 The Bomb in Trouble: Mistakes at Los Alamos 303

24 The President's Mistake 309

Part 4 The Underestimate of the Russians

25 Bohr and Stalin 317

26 Fuchs: Shining in the Shadows 340

Acknowledgements 367

Notes 371

Index 405

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