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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306801892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306801891
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 1997
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General Groves was the head of the Manhattan Project, which developed and built the atomic bomb during World War II. This book is his own version of how it happened. The book certainly confirms the legends about Groves being a colorful and determined individual. Groves shamelessly includes in the book a copy of a memo from a White House official saying that General Groves shouldn't be appointed head of the project, because he "lacked the necessary tact" to deal with the scientists! Groves gives an enjoyable and interesting account of what he did, and why he did it. He is self-serving on rare occasions, but doesn't hesitate to include incidents where he made a mistake. He also includes amusing stories such as the raid on Fort Knox for hundreds of tons of silver for wire to use in a sophisticated machine (copper was too hard to get due to its other uses in the war effort); and the tale of the Treasury Department auditors who required DuPont Corporation to return thirty-one cents of their one dollar profit on their "cost plus a dollar" project to construct a factory costing tens of millions of dollars. The flow of the book occasionally suffers, because Groves will break the continuity to follow a special topic all the way through to the end of the war. However it is still great reading. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject, or anyone interested in management of large projects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 1999
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Gen. Groves deputy on the Manhatten Project, Gen. Keith Nichols, was once asked what he thought of he thought of Groves. He began by saying "Leslie Groves is the biggest son-of-a $%&%* I ever met in my life" and ended by saying that of all the people he'd met in his life, he didn't think any of them could have done as well as Groves in running the Manhatten Project. I think that if he'd been put in charge in Jan. of '43, instead of Sept., the war probably would have ended earlier, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. This book shows him at his egotistical best and worst, and is essential for understanding how and why the U.S. got the bomb before Japan was invaded. Just don't expect any modesty at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan H Pope on 25 July 2013
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This autobiographical account of one massive engineering project, from the man at the top, puts even Apollo in the shade.
Oppenheimer described the science challenge and Gen. Groves gives us the engineers' view, and a remarkable first-hand description of the Trinity test.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arteebee on 8 Dec. 2010
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Interesting AND frightening. It's no doubt a one sided account but if Project Management is your bag then study this book!
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By churchfield27 on 20 April 2015
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Excellent true story
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