Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49

Jim Baggott


Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49

Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49

  • Title: Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49
  • Author: Jim Baggott
  • ISBN: 9781848319929
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback



Spanning ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to Joe 1 , the first Soviet atomic bomb test in August 1949, Atomic is the first fully realised popular account of the race between Nazi Germany, Britain, America and the Soviet Union to build atomic weapons.Drawing on declassified material such as MI6 s Farm Hall transcripts, coded Soviet messagesSpanning ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to Joe 1 , the first Soviet atomic bomb test in August 1949, Atomic is the first fully realised popular account of the race between Nazi Germany, Britain, America and the Soviet Union to build atomic weapons.Drawing on declassified material such as MI6 s Farm Hall transcripts, coded Soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the Soviet archives, Atomic presents a brilliant new account of the race to build humankind s most destructive weapon.Rich in personality, action, confrontation and deception, Jim Baggott s book tells an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding.


Recent Comments "Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49"

this is a history of the race to develop the first nuclear weapons, from the first theoretical beginnings in the mid 1930s through the second world war and the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the start of the Cold War and the acquisition of the bomb by Stalin's Russia. The story covers a number of different groups, those working on atomic research in Nazi Germany, America (with some work before that in England) and the Soviet Union, as well as those Soviet agents passing on n [...]

This is quite a fascinating book which delves into the details of the rush to weaponise the atomic bomb. It isn't overly technical and anyone with a basic knowledge of Chemistry and Physics would be able to appreciate the scientific details. Still, the many names did overwhelm me occasionally although that wasn't a major issue. What I find to be more interesting is the personal dilemmas faced by the various scientists engaged in the creation of the bomb, ranging from the moral to the philosophic [...]

This was a good read. As other reviewers have said it fills in the gaps on the developement of the atomic history and does it in a way that is easy to understand and is written so that it moves along at a pace that prevents the reader from becoming bored. A worthy addition to the non-fiction bookshelf.

An accomplished summary, wide-ranging to a fault.

Fab reading, doesn't dumb down on the technical aspects and has a few stories I hadn't read about the race to the first atomic bomb

Excellent one volume primer.


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