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The Making of the Atomic Bomb von Richard…
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The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Original 1986; 1986. Auflage)

von Richard Rhodes

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Detailreiche Wissenschaftsreportage, die neben der Forschungsgeschichte seit 1900 und dem Bau der ersten Atombomben während des 2. Weltkriegs auch zugehörige politische, militärische und moralische Fragen behandelt.
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Titel:The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Autoren:Richard Rhodes
Info:Simon & Schuster (1995), Paperback, 928 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek, Lifetime reading
Bewertung:***1/2
Tags:1920s, 1930s, 1940s, :20c, history, journalism, science, nuclear physics, fission bomb, read in 2008, #100 ML non-fiction

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Die Atombombe oder die Geschichte des 8. Schöpfungstages von Richard Rhodes (1986)

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    Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb von Richard Rhodes (Anonymer Nutzer)
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    Lawrence and Oppenheimer von Nuel Pharr Davis (gneimer)
    gneimer: An interesting biography of two men who helped shape the atomic era. Rhodes pulls quite a bit of information from this book. A study in contrast between Lawrence and Oppenheimer.
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"And I have become death, destroyer of worlds"

This book is the bible for how the Atomic Bomb was created. It starts of in the dawn of the atomic model, before scientists knew that the atom could actually be split. The book follows from the early 19th hundreds through the first war and to the beginning of the second world war and how the whole atomic business got into the move.

Absolutely fascinating read about what a humungous project this was. With ten thousands of people and enormous factories.

It also gives the harsh opposite side. Up to the dropping of the first bomb it just describes the whole creation, it then gives a long eye witness description. This really shows the horrors of this bomb and how it just not comparable to any other bombings (even to the fire bombings of Tokyo).

If there is one thing I might complain about, it is that Nagasaki just gets too little time in the book. It pretty much is "bomb dropped" and the the way how Japan capitulated. There is sadly no part of eye witness reports from the Nagasaki bombing.

Overall a must read in my opinion. Highly recommended ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
Amazing book. The first act is a fantastic set of tableaus about the physicists and progression of science necessary to discover the capabilities of the atom. The second act is somewhat dry, regarding mostly the politicking necessary to have made the bomb happen, but there is some decent engineering spliced in here and there. The third is about the war effort, the Trinity test, and the eventual dropping of the bomb. The last chapter is horrifying and not something I'd describe as the feel-good read of the year, but it helps to drive home just how terrible these things are.

I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. ( )
1 abstimmen isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
The book is really comprehensive. Some of the science aspects were not gone sufficiently into depth and glossed over (understandable, since to understand that we'd have to have studied physics or chemistry), but the political, historical and social aspects were covered quite thoroughly. I really enjoyed the way the science was woven in with these aspects to keep the book from getting too dry. Nevertheless, the book requires great concentration to read - and good lighting because of the small font. A reread should follow a couple of months afterwards, because there is so much information that you can't internalise it in one read.

I'm not giving five stars, because at some points you lose the thread and forget about the person being currently talked about. There are so many characters with only a brief line or two of introduction that are referenced or appear later on that it is impossible to keep track of them. A glossary of the referenced people is sorely needed. I'd recommend for beginners to keep a pen and paper handy and note down character details.
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  SVY | May 25, 2020 |
This is a very highly regarded book, and you can read all about its merits in the other reviews, so I'll focus on my negative impressions.

First, it's frequently boring. I don't think I would have got through it had I not had access to an audiobook version, which kept me going at times when I couldn't summon the motivation to read more than a couple of pages in a sitting. Rhodes often goes into lenghty, tedious detail. His reasoning as to when to do so isn't obvious to me; sometimes he simply seems to be taking the 'kitchen sink' approach you might expect from a lesser writer, desperate that none of his research should go to waste.

Topics that I would have liked to learn more about -- such as the decision to drop the second bomb so soon after the first, and how close this came to being averted from either the Japanese or American end -- are glossed over in a few pages, or -- like the role of Klaus Fuchs, who is mentioned twice in passing, the second time with a slightly ominous tint, then never heard of again -- ignored entirely. (I realise these topics might seem peripheral to Rhodes' main focus, but it'd be much easier to accept that if he'd elsewhere shown any concern to save ink or his readers' patience.)

The scientific explanations seemed to fall into an awkward middle ground between popular and technical: they were often lengthy and difficult to follow, but they didn't leave me with a significantly greater understanding than could have been conveyed much more concisely and entertainingly. (This is certainly partly my fault for not putting enough effort in, but I didn't get the sense that it would have paid off, and my laziness was also motivated by fatigue from wading through the rest of the book.)

And although Rhodes is obviously a skilful writer, his literary flourishes, portentious pronouncements and confident judgments of character sometimes verge on pomposity.

I should note though that my reading style is different from many others' -- for one thing, I'm quite bad at visualising what I read, and much more interested in ideas and psychological detail than in scene-setting and thorough visual description. So I'm sure that some of what I characterised as tedious detail was in fact both entertaining and enlightening to others.

And a final caveat: as I noted at the beginning, I decided to focus on the negatives here, but much of what the other reviewers have said is valid, and this is undeniably an impressive achievement. ( )
  matt_ar | Dec 6, 2019 |
Amazing story. I had expected just a story of the development of the atomic bomb itself, but the first half covers the development of the necessary atomic physics (very well explained). Full of incredible details, I learned a lot. It concludes with a powerful description of the Hiroshima bombing. ( )
  breic | Dec 14, 2018 |
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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Rhodes, RichardHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Gardner, GroverErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Ratzkin, LawrenceUmschlaggestalterCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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