Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 6, 1996 - History - 736 pages
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Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.
  

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User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Nicely written and exhaustively researched. But my main feeling about the book is: Depressing. Details how various well meaning idiots betray the US and give technology to the Soviets; how Stalin and ... Read full review

Review: Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

User Review  - Ari - Goodreads

The book is much broader than the title implies. The first half of it is about the entwined stories of Soviet nuclear espionage and the Soviet bomb project. It's a story I had never seen before. As ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Sloan Technology Series
13
Deliveries
17
Part One A Choice Between Worlds
25
A Smell of Nuclear Powder
27
Diffusion
49
Material of Immense Value
66
A Russian Connection
83
Super LendLease
94
Sailing Near the Wind
302
Getting Down to Business
324
This Buck Rogers Universe
345
First Lightning
364
Gungho for the Super
382
Part Three
409
Lessons of Limited War
438
Hydrodynamic Lenses and Radiation Mirrors
455

Rendezvous
103
Mass Production
121
Explosions
146
Provide the Bomb
165
A Pretty Good Description
180
Part Two Mew Weapons Added to the Arsenals
199
Transitions
201
Peculiar Sovereignties
224
13 Changing History
244
Fl
264
Modus Vivendi
285
Mike
482
Powers of Retaliation
513
In the Matter of J Robert Oppenheimer
530
Scorpions in a Bottle
560
The Gradual Removal of Prejudices
577
Acknowledgments
589
Glossary of Names
671
Bibliography
689
Index
705
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About the author (1996)

Richard Rhodes has written four novels and eight previous works of history and letters, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb. He lives in rural Connecticut.

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