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The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb by Its Creators, Eyewitnesses and Historians Paperback – 1 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128081
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cynthia C. Kelly is the president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the author/editor of several books on the subject including Remembering the Manhattan Project.


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Unfortunately I was expecting a reasonably scientific treatment of this subject, which inevitably has a tremendous technical aspect. The book summary on Amazon's page quotes "This authoritative book provides a complete and vivid history of the project and its legacy". Well, it really does not. It is a very long collection of vaguely interesting and unrelated trivial items, with no real thread. I'm now going to try the Richard Rhodes version, having wasted a lot of time with this waffley book.
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This is not what I expected when I purchased the book, but it is an interesting read. Each section is made up from snippets information from different authors, giving their perspective on a topic. For instance, there are a number of people who give their thoughts on the the personality of Oppenheimer, and Groves, and how these very different characters managed to work together so effectively. I really enjoyed the book.
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A meticulous, remarkable book detailing how a group of the world's foremost thinkers achieved a terrifying goal. With extracts taken from a multitude of various sources of first hand accounts, novels and verbal histories, this is truly the definitive telling of man's ingenuity at its best, but for the result to cloud our history ever since.

At times the technical descriptions can become overwhelming, but these are short extracts which serve to remind us what an amazing feet of technical advancement that these people accomplished in such a short period of time.

The book is split in to chapters detailing the major milestones that even people with a brief knowledge of the historic period would recognise, which also helps to build tension as the unknowing protagonists believe they are in a race to develop the bomb before the Nazi's.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone in an effort to show what mankind are capable of in it finest hour and worst hour, it just so happens that these were minutes apart.
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