Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.
Rhodes epic history of the hydrogen bomb and the Cold War arms race spent two weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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The long-anticipated follow-on book to “The Making of the Atomic Bomb"
Dark Sun is a gripping account of the effort of the United States and Soviet Union to build the ’super”atomic bomb — the thermonuclear (so-called “hydrogen”) weapon.
It is a scholarly examination of the people and work done to build perhaps the most feared weapon mankind has ever known. It is a chilling reminder that men can build weapons not only more terrible than we can imagine — but weapons more horrific than we cannot imagine.
Excellent book! I highly recommend it.
Picks up where Making of the Atomic Bomb finishes.
Richard Rhodes completes the work he started with his Pulitzer Prize winning book "Making of the Atomic Bomb". Dark Sun provides insight into geo-political climate after World War II, the Cold War and beyond. Complex relationships between giants of 20th century physics like Oppenheimer, Teller, Ulam and Bethe are explored, as are motivations and flaws of these great men. A lot of information about US/Soviet nuclear tests and easy to understand science involved is provided in the book. I would recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in history or physics.