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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

This was a very fascinating book on many levels.

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Reviewed: 08-04-16

This is an excellent book! Well worth the 37 hours of listening time. I may even have to get a print edition to go over some parts again. The actual final bomb is really anticlimatic to the entire development process which brought together a wide variety of people, places and events that eventually lead to the establishment of an incredible secret infrastructure to put all the pieces together. Get you pen and paper out to help keep track of all the key individuals and supplement your listening with other online resources to get more out of it. Don't let the lack of science background scare you despite its in depth treatment of certain topics. Just be impressed with the science and more importantly the people that figured it out.

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