The Making of the Atomic Bomb

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
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Author Richard Rhodes
Country United States
Subject Manhattan Project
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Publication date
1986
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 886 (hc)
ISBN 0-671-44133-7
OCLC 231117096
Dewey Decimal 623.4/5119/09 19
LC Class QC773 .R46 1986
Followed by Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a contemporary history book written by the American journalist and historian Richard Rhodes, first published by Simon and Schuster in 1987. It won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction,[1] the National Book Award for Nonfiction,[2] and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The narrative covers people and events from 1930s discoveries leading to the science of nuclear fission, through the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.[citation needed]

Praised both by historians and former Los Alamos weapon scientists, the book is considered a general authority on early nuclear weapons history, as well as the development of modern physics in general, during the first half of the 20th century. Nobel Laureate I. I. Rabi, one of the prime participants in the dawn of the atomic age, called it "an epic worthy of Milton. Nowhere else have I seen the whole story put down with such elegance and gusto and in such revealing detail and simple language which carries the reader through wonderful and profound scientific discoveries and their application."[this quote needs a citation]

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  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction". pulitzer.org. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1987". National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 20, 2012.

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