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The Shinkolobwe Mine in the Belgian Congo was described by a 1943 Manhattan Project intelligence report as the "most important deposit of uranium yet discovered in the world". So long as the United States remained in control of this mine and its supply, it had a world monopoly on the primary material needed to build an atomic bomb. The uranium from this mine was used to build the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Given the possibility that the Germans were also working on an atomic bomb, it was a priority for the United States to prevent Congo's uranium from being smuggled to Germany. This task was given to the newly created Office of Strategic Services, later known as the CIA.

Although much has been written about ALSOS, the secret intelligence mission created to investigate the German atomic project, so far nothing has been written about the intelligence mission at the source of uranium - the Belgian Congo. Spies in the Congo is based on a mass of newly released (and formerly top secret) archive material in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Belgium; personal testimonies; and a range of audiovisual materials, including a set of 8mm films taken by the lead spy.

©2016 Susan Williams (P)2016 Tantor

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More little known history

Fascinating. Did not like narrator however. Sounded like a valley girl...well written and adventurous

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interesting story

this was an interesting story about the history of how Congo was involved in the Atomic bomb project.

the book was dry at times with just people's names and there were times where it was jumping from one character to another. but the reader was great. her voice made it a fun read.

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Why Lumumba Was Killed

Excellent Work ..Filled in The Gaps on Why Patrice Emory Lumumba,Was Assassinated and Congo s minerals covered

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Amazes me how some people find jobs

The narrator's voice is so annoying I almost returned this title. How anyone ever listen to her and thought, "she'd be a great book narrator," is beyond me.
She does good character accents but her normal voice is so pretentious.

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