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World War II was a devastating war with millions of people being slaughtered and millions of bullets shot, but there was one thing that saved America, “The Making Of The Atomic Bomb”. It was a big creation and America won a lot of battles using it. The atomic bomb was the best thing created in World War II because of battles won, Albert Einstein, and the bomb’s tremendous power. First off, after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, people wanted to know how we could fight back against these demolishing blows so US created the atomic bomb, and we won billions of attacks destroying many Japanese cities including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Furthermore, Albert Einstein was a brilliant scientist who designed the atomic bomb. He sent a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of an "extremely powerful bomb of a new type" and recommended that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would be called “The Manhattan Project”,which caused them to make nuclear fusion (eventually the atomic bomb) demonstrating power at their fingertips. Lastly the atomic bomb had weighed 9,700 pounds (4,400 kg), a length of 10 ft (3.0 m) and a width of 7 ft. It has a blast yield of 15 kilotons of TNT (63 TJ) and was filled with Uranium-235. This bomb was very deadly to anything in its path. The atomic bomb impacted America with such demolishing weaponry and affected many lives today. This is Gabriel from Jar Of Creation. 

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Toward the end of this momentous, detailed narrative of how the atomic bomb was conceived & executed, I grappled with how I might succinctly share my impressions of its
magnitude. In an obliquely inspired & somewhat ironically hinged connection I thought of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine." At the time, the eponymous named tune of the album, presented my son & I a unique opportunity - a rocket ship ride to the stars. I'd pull our large stereo speakers close together & the two of us (Jason was 3 at the time) would lie down on the floor as I cranked up the volume. For those familiar with the stadium pleasing anthem you might recall that given the right leap of fancy, it was quite possible to imagine the opening overture as the sounds associated with a rocket blasting off into space. And then came the haunting lyrics that echoed in my ears as I finished reading this terrifying tome: "Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been, You've been in the pipeline, filling in time ..."
And so have we all since a coterie of this planet's most brilliant physicists ushered into our world the discovery of nuclear fission.What Rhodes does a brilliant job of is to magnify in excruciating detail both the level of complexity & the dedication of our national resources to creating our first weapon of mass destruction. While conceived over a decade and a half, the bulk of the atomic bomb project occurred at the Los Alamos labs in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the height of its production powers the lab exceeded in funds spent & materials produced by the entire automotive industry. It was no small task to create an atomic bomb. Indeed, it was a Herculean effort to produce this machine of death -perhaps the most ingenious & evil creation hatched in the 20th century. By the conclusion of this important & at times difficult to digest story (Rhodes goes into great technical detail - much of which floated beyond my comprehension) the reader understands quite well that a door has been opened that can never again, be closed.

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User Review  - Anders Hansson - Goodreads

I purchased this book in London back in 2002. When I got back home I caught the flu and was bedridden for four or five days. In that time, I read Richards Rhodes' Pulitzer Prize-winning page-turner ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ron - Goodreads

The story of a General and a Genius. The General says this is an army project and we will do things the army way. That is not the way the scientists, engineers (chemical,electrical and mechanical) and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pezquenin - Goodreads

Impressive piece of investigation. However, in my humble opinion, there are too many quotations and too much philosophy. Read full review

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User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

Intensely comprehensive. Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I've been recommending this book to everyone since I've finished reading it, so I have to bump it up to 5 stars. While I confess that some of the science went over my head, the depth of the historical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Gulde - Goodreads

It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive account outside of the original sources. This is a must-read for anyone with interest in WWII or science histories. Read full review

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User Review  - Dan Armstrong - Goodreads

This is an important book. Not only does it track the evolution of the science behind the bomb, but it also reveals the feelings of the scientists who built it after it was used. Must read. Read full review

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User Review  - Deltabird - Goodreads

astonishing in its depth of scientific, historic and utterly human side of this time in history. visiting Los Alamos takes on new meaning. Read full review

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