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by James P. Delgado

When President Obama and others say they want to end America's dependence on foreign oil, the vision is usually presented in terms of "a new Manhattan Project." So what really was the Manhattan Project? According to James Delgado, at the start of the project in 1942, the element plutonium only existed in microscopic quantities. By June 16, 1945, the date of the world's first nuclear bomb test, America had a fully-operational plutonium industry capable of producing hundreds of pounds of the fissionable material. In just three short years, nuclear weapon technology had progressed from infancy to the world stage. Delgado, the co-host of the National Geographic Television series "The Sea Hunters," tells the breathtaking story of the original Manhattan Project and its aftermath. While most previous authors have focused on either the scientific or the social history of the events, Delgado's is the first to spotlight the military and political phases of the atom bomb. In crisp prose, he covers the background of the bomb in the labs in Europe, Britain, and America, but the story picks up speed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war by America.While most people recognize Robert Oppenheimer as the father of the bomb, readers of Nuclear Dawn will be surprised to learn that gave birth more in the sense that Henry Ford gave birth to the auto industry. In Delgado's narrative, Oppenheimer's role as master organizer and astute business manager is emphasized. What's more, few before Delgado have understood how deeply involved the US Army was in the project. From the very beginning, the program was run by army officers, financed by secret wartime military funds--to the tune of billions of dollars, staffed by army engineers and scientists, and made possible by army bureaucracy. Delgado also shows that without the army's ordnance expertise at Los Alamos, Oppenheimer's team could not have turned nuclear technology into a workable bomb.Several other unique aspects of Nuclear Dawn turn on the military's role in the project. For example, Delgado tells the full story of the army air force's 509th fighter battalion, which was headed by an iconoclastic colonel named Paul Tibbets. Tibbets' battalion consisted of over 1,200 pilots and crew dedicated to a singular task: delivering an atomic bomb to Japan. Delgado tells how as part of their training, the Utah-based crews would fly practice sorties to Cuba and back, over and over again. Another little-known aspect of the Manhattan Project drawn out be Delgado is the post-war bickering that quickly arose between the army and navy over who would control the bomb. James Delgado's new book fills a very important gap in our understanding of the enormous changes that the United States military underwent during WWII.
Download Nuclear Dawn: From the Manhattan Project to Bikini Atoll (General Military) epub
ISBN: 1846033969
ISBN13: 978-1846033964
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: James P. Delgado
Language: English
Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Printing edition (September 22, 2009)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1430 kb
FB2 size: 1141 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 339
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This book is a quick read that covers all of the relevent events regarding the development, testing, and deployment of the atomic bomb. If you interest is not satisfied once you are done with this fine book, I would strongly suggest the Richard Rhodes "The making of the atomic bomb". after you have finished this volume, you will know everything there is to know on the subject.
Terrifying but interesting, worth the read.
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This is for sure one of the best currently available studies on the development and operational use of the A Bomb and its aftermath.
James P. Delgado's work is one of the first books which shows that the A Bomb discovery and development process was in fact the product of Western --and mostly European science-- and not of US research only. However, it is true that the final realization was purely U.S.
The book's iconography is also excellent, showing all aspects of the A bomb, with sketches, maps, color profiles, including photos of the main actors and places. A very good and interesting to read work.
Awesome book for those interested in the way operations and project planning were applied to the manhattan project. A quick read for sure.
Tells the story about the biggest weapon ever. The back story and the history about a secret childhood. A lot is still not known about what happened to make the weapon.
This 2-star rating may be a bit harsh because there is nothing really wrong with what the author has written. I would call it more of a truth-in-packaging issue. I have to wonder who the author saw as his audience. If he intended to create a glossy "coffee-table" book for the totally uninitiated that describes the birth and evolution of nuclear weapons and their societal impact, then he has succeeded. However, I have to wonder if such an audience actually exists. (Perhaps the favorable reviews suggest that it does.) The glossy figures make for a nice, easy-to-absorb package for those who really know nothing about the subject and are looking for the least-demanding vehicle to begin their education. However, there is already a vast literature that covers all aspects of nuclear weapons from the historical details of their birth and subsequent development to their strategic and political implications in varying levels of depth. Even readers who are totally new to the subject can find countless existing volumes that cover whatever aspects of nuclear weapons and their implications particularly interest them at whatever depth they feel is appropriate to satisfy their needs. Why create yet another book that adds nothing new to this already rich literature when there is new ground to explore?
all the bomb tests that were done after the war ended.. most interesting information...most people dont know about all this.
Good read, stuck to the subject of the development of the atomic bomb with just the right detail.