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Churchill's Bomb: A Hidden History of Science, War and Politics Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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A story as gripping as it is elegantly argued ... a wonderful companion piece to one of the most authoritative books on this subject, Richard Rhodes's epic 'The Making of the Atomic Bomb'. (Lisa Jardine Financial Times)
An excellent book ... Farmelo is a splendid word-portraitist, and his book charts the odysseys, geographical as well as scientific, of the men who played a key role in developing the bomb ... authoritative and superbly readable. (Max Hastings Sunday Times)
Graham Farmelo's very fine book ... illuminates the nexus between science, politics, war, and even literature better than anything I have read for some time. The issues it raises are both eternal and especially pressing now. It is not yet Book of the Year time but this has to be a contender. (Peter Forbes Independent)
Dazzling ... Farmelo, prize-winning biographer of the physicist Paul Dirac, recounts this important story with skill and erudition. (Piers Brendon Guardian)
Splendid and original ... in interweaving the political and scientific, Farmelo succeeds in making the latter beautifully clear even to readers with scant background in the subject. (Times Higher Education A W Purdue)
Scrupulously researched and superbly written ... Churchill's Bomb is a powerful and moving contribution to literature about the 20th century and to biographical and historical writing. (Vin Arthey Scotsman)
Graham Farmelo is the author of an outstanding biography of Paul Dirac, the most eccentric of the 20th-century geniuses to whom we owe our understanding of the atom.Churchill's Bomb tells an even more dramatic story, and tells it brilliantly ... Farmelo ingeniously interweaves the narratives of the nuclear scientists, many of them Jewish refugees from Germany, with that of Churchill in war and peace (Daniel Johnson The Times)
Absorbing ... Farmelo's account of Churchill's atomic dreams perfectly captures the essence of the man and the science of the day. (Robin McKie Observer)
A riveting, powerful, and timely reminder that high politics is anything but rational. Graham Farmelo vividly reveals how Winston Churchill learned about atomic physics in the 1920s, warned about the imminence of nuclear weapons in the 30s, and yet, paradoxically, squandered Britain's lead in the field during the Second World War. (Roger Highfield, Science Museum executive, Daily Telegraph columnist, and bestselling science writer)
What a brilliant and compelling book! Graham Farmelo sensitively and eloquently deconstructs the twists and turns of Winston Churchill's involvement with nuclear weapons over nearly half a century, setting this unfamiliar tale in the context of the turbulent times. At its heart are the ambiguities of the World War II relationship between a scientifically innovative but economically weakened Britain and the inexhaustibly energetic USA with unlimited resources. (Sir Michael Berry, University of Bristol)
In Churchill's Bomb, Graham Farmelo - the author of the Costa award-winning biography The Strangest Man - offers us a strikingly fresh view of Winston Churchill's long political career.See all Product description
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However it is that very 'context-heavy' writing style that bogs the book down and makes it somewhat of a chore, I often didn't know who was whom or what their relation to the next man was - there are literally dozens of similar scientists with very few distinguishing job-titles and having them referred to just by surname multiple times per chapter doesn't really establish their role.
I would definitely recommend this book, but it's purely for those interested in the subject matter, you won't find it a titilating political account of history within these pages.
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