Creating the New World: Stories & Images from the Dawn of the Atomic Age

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1st Books Library, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 373 pages
"What They Say About The Book' Presents in vivid, human terms many of the young scientists and engineers who first harnessed this primal force, and the extraordinary times and environment in which they worked and lived ... an enlightening and fascinating account. 'From the Foreword by the late Dr. GLENN T. SEABORG, Nobel Laureate, Co-discoverer of plutonium, Chairman, US Atomic Energy Commission, 1961-71' A unique contribution ... I don't know of any other book that covers the same ground--which was ground zero for the evolution of this important and controversial technology ... It doesn't hurt that you're an engaging storyteller and that you were present at the creation. 'RICHARD RHODES, Independent journalist and historian, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a History of Science Society Award' His prose disproves the prevalent belief that no engineer can write. The sentences flow gracefully, with a feel for the rhythm of English that many who make a profession of writing would envy.' CONNIE BUCHANAN, Editor of Tom Clancy's 'Hunt for Red October.' 'Ted Rockwell takes countless disaggregated fragments of history and welds them together in a fascinating story that all Americans can read, understand, and enjoy. A gifted scientist, engineer, visionary, and author, Ted has been a front-line player throughout this Age - eminently qualified to tell us the true story and set the images straight.' Admiral James. Watkins, USN (ret), Chief of Naval Operations, 1982-86; Energy Sec, 1989-93. 'Ted Rockwell's engaging style and compelling first-hand account give an invaluable perspective on the Manhattan Project and its aftermath. Ted gives us a glimpse into the emotional and cultural realities of the Manhattan Project. His extraordinary gifts--as a scientist and raconteur--make this a uniquely insightful and entertaining."--Publisher's description.

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