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Book: The first war of physics: the secret history of the atom bomb, 1939-1949

By Noah | September 4, 2011

I’m hoping to do more book reviews here, as I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading this year. So, here’s one to get started…

The first war of physics : the secret history of the atom bomb, 1939-1949 [ISBN: 1605981974] by Jim Baggott is an excellent history of the physics, politics, wartime events and espionage that all contributed to the remarkable history of the bomb. This is a moderately long book, but very readable, even gripping (well, I like this stuff). Very highly recommended for anyone with an interest in 20th century history, military history, or the history of technology. The physics is explained in readable terms, in the few places where it’s important to the story, but no technical background at all is required to appreciate this important book. Again, very highly recommended.

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