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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-Primary source documents chronicle the development of the ultimate weapon from the discovery of fission through the Atomic Energy Commission report in 1962 on the use of nuclear power for energy needs. Introductory notes place each compelling selection in the context of its time. (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