Day One. Before Hiroshima And After

Wyden Peter

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Publisher: Simon And Schuster
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher Year: 1984
Edition: First Edition

Description: 412 pages. Book and Jacket are both in Good condition. There is some light shelf and reading wear, but still a presentable copy. Horoshima Was An Event Of Such Magnitude That Divided History Into Two Periods, Before The Bomb And After It-'Day One'of A New Age, In Which All Life Would Be At Risk.

Publishers Description: As in his earlier recreations, Bay of Pigs The Passionate War (Spanish Civil War), Wyden relies on novelistic touches drawn from interviews to spice up a story already well known. Here, too, we're treated to repetitions of insignificant pieces of color--such as J. Robert Oppenheimer's way with a martini--or of trivial details: does anyone care that the pistol tucked into General Leslie Groves' trousers was a "tiny Colt automatic...a .32 caliber on a .25 caliber frame"? But his technique, while no more insightful than in his previous narratives, is easier to take here--partly because the main figures, the physicists, are real characters. Take Leo Szilard, the Hungarian scientist who adopted the atomic bomb as a personal crusade in fear of a German military juggernaut. Living out of two suitcases that contained everything he owned, Szilard provided the impetus to fission research teamed with Enrico Fermi in executing the successful chain reaction test at the Univ. of Chicago. (The test was kept secret from its president, Robert Hutchins, by physical science dean Arthur Holly Compton for fear that Hutchins would veto it as too dangerous.) Szilard, a delicatessenfare addict, didn't join Oppenheimer's Los Alamos project; but he did manage to keep up a running feud with Groves--in part, over the extravagant remuneration Szilard expected from his reactor patent. Wandering about, lost in thought, Szilard drove the security men tailing him crazy. (Groves was trying to get something on Szilard. He never did.) When Szilard began another crusade, this time to forestall the actual use of the bomb on Japan, he became Groves' principal pain ( a pain to Oppenheimer, who'd come out forcefully in favor of the bomb's immediate use). About as close as Wyden gets to anything of substance is the thread of lack-of-attention to radiation its effects. (They assumed radiation effects wouldn't carry as far as the blast effects.) The news of radiation death from Hiroshima Nagasaki was a shock to the scientists covered up by Groves; but this, too, is familiar. The establishment of Los Alamos the bureaucratic labyrinths are handled well, however. Drawbacks all, this account will serve excellently for 1st-timers.--Kirkus (edited)

ISBN: 0671461427


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