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Making and using the atomic bomb
McKain, Mark.
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San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2003]

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240 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction: History of the atomic bomb -- Discovery of fission -- Manhattan project -- Using the bomb -- Aftermath -- Chronology.
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Scientists relate the discovery of nuclear fission in the 1930s and the harnessing of this power to build weapons of mass destruction. A U.S. president and top military officials discuss the ultimate decision to use these new atomic bombs to end a long and costly world war.

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Gr 8 Up-This collection of writings surveys the history of the atomic bomb, its use, and its destructive capability. As current events focus students' attentions on war and the use of weapons of mass destruction, the words of eyewitnesses who recorded their experiences from World War II can offer insight into understanding today's troubled world. The volume is divided into four chapters-"Discovery of Fission," "The Manhattan Project," "Using the Bomb," and "The Aftermath"-with several contemporary narratives and reminiscences in each. An introduction outlines the history of the atomic bomb. Scientists and military men offer recollections of their work at the University of Chicago; Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos; and Alamogordo. Documents that deal with the decision to drop the bomb, choosing targets, and then firsthand reports from individuals surviving the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts are powerful and thought-provoking.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Otto R. FrischLeo SzilardEdward TellerCorbin Allardice and Edward R. TrapnellArthur H. ComptonLeslie R. GrovesRobert R. WilsonHenry L. StimsonPaul W. Tibbets Jr.Harry S. TrumanAgawa Hiroyuki and Kazuko HiroyukiKenneth D. Nichols and Stafford L. WarrenDwight D. Eisenhower
Forewordp. 11
Introduction: History of the Atomic Bombp. 13
Chapter 1 Discovery of Fission
Chapter Prefacep. 37
1. Energy from Nucleip. 39
2. Publishing the Secret of Fissionp. 48
3. Warning of the Dangers of Nuclear Technologyp. 56
4. The MAUD Reportp. 67
Chapter 2 The Manhattan Project
Chapter Prefacep. 76
1. The First Chain Reactionp. 78
2. Manufacturing Plutonium and Uranium-235p. 85
3. The Work at Los Alamos and Alamogordop. 95
4. The Trinity Testp. 105
5. The Conscience of a Physicistp. 114
Chapter 3 Using the Bomb
Chapter Prefacep. 124
1. Scientists Caution Against Using the Bombp. 126
2. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bombp. 136
3. Choosing a Targetp. 147
4. Dropping the Atom Bombp. 157
5. A President's Responsibilityp. 169
Chapter 4 The Aftermath
Chapter Prefacep. 183
1. Surviving the Hiroshima Blastp. 185
2. Surveying the Damage to Nagasaki and Hiroshimap. 197
3. Proposing an Atomic Energy Agencyp. 210
4. The Need for a National Nuclear Energy Programp. 219
Chronologyp. 227
For Further Researchp. 232
Indexp. 235