Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb The secret of the Soviet hydrogen bomb Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out. Although individual pieces of this story have been told before and told well, Rhodes’ contribution is in putting together a comprehensive picture of the. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb | Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer.

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Hydrogen bombs, well, that’s all about “fusion” Machinest David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, passed along drawings of implosion bomb designs through operatives working with mwking brother-in-law, Julius Rosenberg.

From inside the book. A fascinating view of how the nuclear arms race between the US and Russia shaped the world we live. Kai Bird Snippet view – Material of Immense Value. These contacts were old news by the thw of his hearing, but the context had changed and also Teller had come to blame Robert Oppenheimer for the lack of progress on the hydrogen bomb though by the time the hearing occurred a thermonuclear device had alread been tested in the Pacific.

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He continued to advocate similar views when he was the chief of staff of makijg Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Hydrodynamic Lenses and Radiation Mirrors. My copy is a signed first edition and it was a gift so it just goes back on the shelf not in the bin. Dec 03, Nick Black rated it liked it.


The book also highlights evolving ideas about nuclear technology within the military, political, and scientific communities as ever more powerful weapons are conceived and developed.

Rhodes’ also covers the deployment of the American strategic bomber command which would use the bombs. And the sad resolution to the story of Robert Oppenheimer provides the perfect coda to a story filled with the electricity of scientific discovery, set against the dark background of death and destruction.

Or, as Rhodes concludes, the greatest and only effective deterrent against nuclear war was “personal dread. For what it is worth it is exhaustively literally researched and footnoted.

Bombs made by fusing hydrogen to helium, releasing enough nuclear energy to dwarf fission weapons, i. Jul 27, Richard rated it really liked it. Having said that, I firmly believe to dumb it down for the sake of the To ask other readers questions about Dark Sunplease sign up.

The 20th-century phenomena of quantum physics, nuclear weapons and communism are insightfully examined, and leading figures are revealed in depth. Given that much of the Soviet bomb program is probably still classified by the Russians, and that we’ll probably never know what thr the FBI gathered illegally about the Rosenbergs and Oppenheimer, this is probably about as close to the truth as I’ll ever read.

Published August 6th by Simon Schuster first published August 1st I didn’t expect the emphasis placed, especially in the first half hhe the book, on the r Exciting, informative account of development of the hydrogen bomb.

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

There are many surfaces to these complicated events, but Rhodes’s grasp of them seems sure, from the political maneuverings of high-powered intellectuals within the scientific community to a history of the Cold War and the arms race to well-honed portraits of dari major players involved at all levels. Spoiler, this book is not short!


References to this book The Agile Virtual Enterprise: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb 4. This material extends our knowledge of Soviet espionage. Teller resigned in a childish huff from the Los Alamos team early in the project as soon as he was denied leadership of the thermonuclear design team.

They probably also learned about early middle of the s ideas on how to design a fusion weapon. He also is not a Luddite. Now featuring even more neutrons!

Historically, that argument is over. In addition, Edward Teller was unhappy with the rate at which the United States was developing a hydrogen bomb. It gives us bright- The definitive history of a complicated subject This is a dense book. Sufficient evidence of successful Soviet espionage had come out in various trials the Rosenbergs and Fuchs trials for example that many people were quite jumpy.

For I finally abandoned this after pages. The scientific aspects of the book are surprisingly easy to follow for those not familiar with nuclear physics and engineering which, honestly, is pretty much everyone. It is fairly politically biased as well.