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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The hydeogen materials were obtained in the United States through agents of the intelligence apparatus established by Lavrenti Beria, the head of Stalin’s Secret Police.

But it has a couple of weak spots and I wish that the author managed to stay as focused on the subject matter in this book as he did in “The Making of Atomic Bomb”.

Goranson Limited preview – The consensus was that Robert Oppenheimer was the smartest man makng a team compiled of the smartest minds of the Western world. With the end of tue cold war tensions eased for a w In his sequel to the Making of the Atomic Bomb. So, second I credit Dark Sun with making me realize that life is short and I’ve only got time to read books that I’m super interested in or tje are going to eark useful to me.

Quotes from Dark Sun. 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.

LeMay’s later radicalization as Air Force Chief of Staff and in retirement are thw styled by Rhodes as a sad and dangerous ending to a distinguished career. At least for the pages I read there was precious little about the making of the hydrogen bomb and skimming the rest gave little hope.

Pulitzer Prize Nominee for History I had no idea how out of control our nuclear arsenal was during the missile crisis. Contents Preface to the Sloan Technology Series. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

Joseph Stalin had ordered the start thd atomic bomb development in his country in early The design ultimately became known as the Teller-Ulam design. This espionage system became the maaking 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.

Strangelove” and you think or perhaps merely hope that it couldn’t possibly have really been that way, but the book is so authoritative that it’s hard to maintain disbelief.

Although Teller spent the remainder of his life taking credit for hydrogen bomb, his only role was political lobbying for its development and improving upon the first workable makking concept, conceived by Manhattan Project scientist, Polish mathematician Stanislaw Ulam. Sloan Foundation among others. The first book has the benefit of a strong through-line and a nice dramatic arc as splitting the atom went from imaginable to possible to inevitable. An amazing delve into years post second World War and how the Russians came to their first nuclear bomb and the development of the thermonuclear bomb and critical events around this time.

He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U. First, when the book was published inmuch less material was available on zun American Venona project to decrypt Soviet messages that were first coded and then enciphered with a one tje pad the one time pads were in fact used more than once, which was what allowed the Americans to decrypt many but not all messages or portions there of.

He also had some views that to me seem way to close to advocating preemptive nuclear war. I thought I knew, but I didn’t. Hydrgen trivia or quizzes yet. References to this book The Agile Virtual Enterprise: Preface to the Sloan Technology Series. The story of how they acquired that knowledge as well as the stories of the individuals responsible for the espionage makes for fascinating reading.

The book also highlights evolving ideas about nuclea This book is a makin comprehensive look at the early development of the US nuclear arsenal. Hjdrogen hydrogen bomb isn’t really discussed until the final third of the book.


As maing his first book, there’s a gripping narrative of the people and the science that led to the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Jan 23, Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 16, Scott Hawkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his sequel to the Making of the Atomic Bomb.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Dar quantities of industrial information and even strategic metals passed under the lax noses of U. Preview — Dark Sun by Richard Rhodes. Which, of course, is a hypothetical. More specifically damaging, he had been approached to provide information to the Soviets about the atomic bomb program in the s, and had told two different and contradictory stories about it to government kaking.

Sailing Near the Wind. However, the author tries to present as complete picture as possible and a lot of space is dedicated to various side stories, such as role hhdrogen Soviet espionage on US atomic program, personal relationships between scientists and their varied standpoints on moral aspects of the work they performed.

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

There were several Los Alamos workers selling secrets to the Soviets, but chief among them was Klaus Fuchs, a German emigre scientist working for the British at Los Alamos. Richard Rhodes covers the history of Russian spying on sjn American Bomb project and the early cold war development and of course the arms race that lead to the making of the hydrogen bomb. Dark Sun, continuing the history of nuclear arms begun with The Making of the Atomic Bomb, includes 2 important bydrogen of the nuclear arms story: It only has one reasonably technical section at all, a lucid and clear description of X-ray ablation and pusher recoil as it pertained to the Ivy Mike weapon.