Walker's (German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939-1949, Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1989) latest work examines whether most German scientists during Hitler's Third Reich embraced Nazi tenets or entered into a "Faustian pact" for financial support. One intriguing portion of the book deals with the German atomic bomb: "The German atom bomb is like the unicorn. It never really existed." "Hitler's bomb" has spawned a strong debate that should be of interest to anyone studying the questions raised by Nazi Germany. One side states that if there had been a bomb, the core of German scientists would have kept it away from Hitler. The other side states that the German scientists involved would have done whatever was necessary to win the war. Walker shows how the debate continues to be relevant today. Although scholarly, this will be accessible to general readers. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.-Dennis L. Noble, Sequim, Wash.
Explores the lives, conduct, and work of German scientists during the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Also examines controversies surrounding Hitler's atomic bomb project using newly-released tapes of private conversations between top German physicists obtained after the war. Some b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)