The author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb lays bare the secret heart of the Cold War.
Richard Rhodes' landmark history of the atomic bomb won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Now, in this majestic new masterpiece of history, science, and politics, he tells for the first time the secret story of how and why the hydrogen bomb was made, and traces the path by which this supreme artifact of 20th-century technology became the defining issue of the Cold War.
From the day in 1941 when the first word of Anglo-American atomic-bomb research arrived in Moscow to the week of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, DARK SUN is full of unexpected -- and sometimes hair-raising -- revelations based on previously undisclosed Soviet and U.S. sources, including:
Following the lives of the atomic scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain, Dark Sun is the definitive work on the hydrogen bomb, showing why the world wars that devastated the first half of the century can never happen again.
©1996 Richard Rhodes (P)2004 Simon & Schuster
The combination of deep insight into the people plus the large-scale history including some extremely important things which no one talks about.
Rhodes' other book The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
Rhodes is not the best narrator. I've seen him in videos on this topic and he's a bit more interesting, but audio only... could be better. Sorry but he should stick to writing. I like him, don't get me wrong...
You will not believe what the US did (and allowed) in the name of Lend Lease. Read it to find out!
It would be much better to have the entire book. They cut out one of the parts I had most wanted to hear; apparently he discusses the reasons why thermonuclear bombs aren't made as destructive as technologically feasible. Who knows what else is missing from this version.
Otherwise the book is quite good, a nice balance of technology, biography, and politics. And a good reality check on what nuclear stockpiles really entail for society.
Rhodes is not the smoothest reader in the world, but I enjoyed hearing the author reading his own writing.
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