The Communist Bomb

Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939–1956

by David Holloway
The history of nuclear weapons is, as David Holloway writes, at once fascinating and repulsive. It is an exciting tale of discovery and invention, but it tells of weapons that could destroy all life on earth. The history of nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union is doubly fascinating and doubly …

The Bomb That Never Was

Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb

by Thomas Powers
During World War II the scientists and technicians in Britain and the US who were building an atom bomb feared that Nazi Germany might produce such a weapon first. Yet at the end of the war it became clear that there had been no such threat. Not only was no …

The Uncertain Scientist

Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg

by David C. Cassidy
Werner Heisenberg was undoubtedly one of the greatest physicists of this century. In 1925, at the age of twenty-three, he wrote the paper that laid the foundations of quantum mechanics on which all subsequent generations have built. This was not just an extension or elaboration of the work of others, …

Making It

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

by Richard Rhodes
Many books have been written about the history of nuclear weapons, and they have become more detailed as more information, previously inaccessible, is made available. But Richard Rhodes’s book seems unique, not only for its length of 886 pages (788 without the notes), but for his unusually broad interpretation of …