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The Manhattan Project:

The Birth of the Atomic Bomb

Paperback (499 pages), kindle
The most comprehensive account of the birth of the atomic age, containing documents, essays, articles and the oral histories of key eyewitnesses to the legacy and aftermath of the Manhattan Project.

The Manhattan Project:

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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  • 25 Jan 39: Uranium atom split for the first time
  • 02 Aug 39: Szilárd, Einstein alert FDR of Nazi research
  • 02 Dec 42: Fermi conducts nuclear chain reaction test
  • 01 Feb 43: Ground broken at Oak Ridge TN for processing plant
  • 03 Mar 44: B-29 drops dummy atomic bomb in California
  • 16 Jul 45: First atomic bomb detonated in New Mexico
  • 06 Aug 45: B-29 ENOLA GAY drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima
  • 09 Aug 45: B-29 BOXCAR drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki
  • 21 Aug 45: Manhattan Project accident; will kill a physicist
  • 01 Jul 46: Test ABLE detonates atomic bomb in the air
  • 25 Jul 46: Test BAKER detonates atomic bomb under the sea
  • 14 Jul 49: Soviet Union detonates an atomic bomb

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