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Dark Sun : The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb - Richard Rhodes

Dark Sun

The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

Paperback Published: 6th August 1996
ISBN: 9780684824147
Number Of Pages: 731

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Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.

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"[Dark Sun] demonstrates the same ambition; literary skill; unrelenting research; talent for portraiture; understanding of the links between science, war and politics; willingness to stand up to large historical questions; and sound judgment that distinguished Richard Rhodes's 1988 book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. But this is the more important volume, not only because of its influence on the way we think about a half-century of world history, but because the hydrogen bomb continues to cast a shadow on the world today."-Michael Beschloss, Los Angeles Times "This most rewarding book is unique in the grim grandeur of its scope, the richness and originality of its content, and its deep and humane understanding."-Loma Arnold, Nature "A book of formidable range...draws on a vast array of sources, melding previous scholarship with an abundance of fresh material....Rhodes writes with a sharp eye for anecdote, character and political context....The result is a brilliantly rich and vivid account of the Cold War."-Daniel J. Kevles, The New York Times Book Review "Rhodes is a meticulous scholar, yet his tale is as riveting as any suspense thriller, replete with fascinating and bizarre characters, exotic locales, and a cliff-hanging plot. And all of it is true."-Paul Preuss, San Jose Mercury News "A dark tale told with gripping intensity....Chilling and brilliant. [The] authoritative and riveting sequel to [the] Pulitzer Prize-winning saga The Making of the Atomic Bomb."-Marcia Bartusiak, The Washington Post Book World

Preface to the Sloan Technology Series
Prologue: Deliveries
A Choice Between Worlds
'A Smell of Nuclear Powder'
Diffusion
'Material of Immense Value'
A Russian Connection
'Super Lend-Lease'
Rendezvous
'Mass Production'
Explosions
'Provide the Bomb'
A Pretty Good Description
New Weapons Added to the Arsenals
Transitions
Peculiar Sovereignties
Changing History
F-115.Modus Vivendi
Sailing Near the Wind
Getting Down to Business
'This Buck Rogers Universe'
First Lightning
'Gung-ho for the Super'
Scorpions in a Bottle
Fresh Horrors
Lessons of Limited War
Hydrodynamic Lenses and Radiation Mirrors
Mike
Powers of Retaliation
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Scorpions in a Bottle
Epilogue: 'The Gradual Removal of Prejudices'
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary of Names
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780684824147
ISBN-10: 0684824140
Series: Sloan Technology Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 731
Published: 6th August 1996
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1

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