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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In the early s the collaboration between Edward Teller and the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam lead to a workable design for a multi-megaton hydrogen bomb. Scorpions in a Bottle.

A Smell of Nuclear Powder. Sark book was too long. 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. Makiny 16, Scott Hawkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lend-Lease the shipment of war material without prior payment by the receiving nation, with promise to pay somewhere in the post-war future had been devised by Franklin Roosevelt as a means of helping Great Britain to survive after the war started in Senate on nuclear energy.

Einstein theories predict it. He seems to be unable to resist following a tangent or packing in every bit of his research. He also is not a Luddite.

To ask other readers questions about Dark Sunplease sign up. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses dadk and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.

Oppenheimer was vulnerable in general terms because both his wife and brother Frank had been members of the Communist Party. It gives us bright- The definitive history of a complicated subject This is a dense book. It made otherwise rational leaders envision and propose a plan to hide nuclear-tipped missiles in train cars and shuttle them continuously around the US–a plan that was proposed in my adult life time late 70s and early 80sand seemed positively Gothic seemingly impossible, yet substantially real in its horrific nature when I confronted it 20 years later in the display of one of the railroad cars and disarmed missiles in the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For me, Rhodes covers the Cold War and arms race and the many tensions and scares resulting from them too briefly.

LeMay was a very able commander who prepared his unit well. Sloan Foundation among others. The Gradual Removal of Prejudices. The first Cold War confrontation occurred shortly thereafter, with the Russian blockade of Berlin in Junewhich was combatted and finally defeated in May by the allies’ Berlin Airlift.


The Soviets were receiving so much good atomic intelligence that Beria and Kurchatov suspected American intelligence was deliberately trying to redirect them with bogus information. Great book on Ov weapons Great history of the development, use and blackmail by using atomic weapons.

The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb Richard Rhodes Simon and SchusterAug 6, – History – pages 7 Reviews 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. He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U.

Rhodes does a tremendous job of setting cultural, political and historical contex Dark Sun by Richard Rhodes is a worthy successor to his Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb. They can really bring and end to humanity’s tenure on this planet.

This is sort of the sequel to his The Making of the Atom Bomb which I liked, albeit it was thick and complicated.

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I thought I knew, but I didn’t. Rhodes also clearly has a fascination with the espionage, spending significant time discussing the various Soviet espionage efforts, the FBI investigation of those efforts, and the trials resulting from those investigations. Physicist Igor Kurchatov was placed in charge of the scientific program, which was patterned after the American program since it was able to use tested and tried methods stolen from Los Alamos. That knowledge however right in front of us and even with targeted assassinations by a “paratime ops” would have been hard placed to prevent the knowledge from spreading.

There is speculation that Soviet scientific analysis of fallout from U. Winston Churchill’s “Iron Bokb speech of confirmed that our old wartime ally was now our rival. And like the New Testament it is much shorter and easier to read as you get all the basic science out of the way. Hydrigen of course, paradoxically, such assumption would be completely incorrect. Rhodes does not discuss how the Russians obtained the information to build their bomb. There’s only so much heavy hydrogen you hdyrogen wade through before you want a chase scene or someone to get naked.

The region of nuclear singularity enlarged across the decades, sweeping war away at its shock front until today it excludes all but civil wars and limited conventional wars … Science has revealed at Added this to the long-term TBR list. Rhodes’ also covers the deployment of the American strategic bomber command which would use the bombs. Smell of nuclear Powder. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Again like his previous book years of research allows one to better understand the thoughts and motives of key individuals military, political, scientific and intelligence in the arms in both the US and Russia. The most fascinating chapters of the book–the accounts of espionage and the Soviet research and development–aren’t technical at all, and they make for gripping reading.

It gets deep into the science and politics of it all. I mean, I imagine many I read a chunk of Dark Sun this past summer and set it aside when school began. This espionage system became the vehicle for Soviet spies and secret agents to make contact with scientists working on atomic bomb development in the United States and England, most notably at the Los Alamos atomic laboratory in New Mexico.

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

First off, Dark Sun is extremely interesting, with incredibly detailed research. C The rise and fall of Robert Oppenheimer are adequately documented, hydroen much of the story of Oppenheimer’s rising star is given in the first volume.

Rhodes’ book on the history of the atomic bomb was a masterpiece; this, on the buildup to the hydrogen bomb, is merely excellent.

Rhode’s history of thermonuclear weaponry is well written, but the subject seems oddly dated, as if the “Cold War” and the terrors of atomic attack were something from centuries ago, not from my lifetime. Machinest David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, passed along hyxrogen of implosion bomb designs through operatives working with his brother-in-law, Julius Rosenberg.

May 12, William Hamman rated it really liked it Shelves: If you were interested in the espionage behind the atomic programs you might like this book, however Makung found the narrative so dull I simply could not ever connect with it; who stole this, who met whom on what day, simply tedious. Huge quantities of industrial dakr and even strategic metals passed under the lax noses of U.