I struggled through this book on my Kindle and I regret not getting the hard copy. The story is engrossing and is about on par with "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. The book's first part deals with more detail about the weapon's development including new accounts of the German and Soviet bomb-making teams, but you don't read about anything but the USA in the second two-thirds of the book.
The focus is on the frequent nuclear tests and the fallout that has poisoned most of the United States and other countries.
The highly-detailed accounts of many nuclear shots emphasize the fallout aspect. It is a great book to read if you're interested in not just the science but the social implications of nuclear testing and the fallout that occurred in communities all over the United States.
**WARNING about the Kindle Edition.
It's a great book but do *not* buy the Kindle edition. Frequent misspellings, unreadable (and unlinkable) footnotes, and bleed-through of what appears to be a very bad 300 dpi OCR scan, page headers/footers interrupting the body text, and unacceptable line breaks make reading this thing a chore. They didn't even run this through a spelling checker. Shame on you, Amazon, for charging ten dollars for this sloppy scanning job. The only thing I can say positively is that the table of contents seems to work. I'm lodging a complaint about this shoddy Kindle book.
**EDIT** I'm tolerating the Kindle Edition, but anything that quotes a number is suspect. The OCR process did not capture numbers accurately so I'm not sure if they meant 10% of all units or if they really meant 10 units. The OCR software apparently has had a hard time interpreting percentages, footnote numbers, and any other numeric value.
**EDIT** I have finished the book and do not recommend the Kindle edition. The last third of the book consists of pictures and footnotes and are just not legible or readable. I'm very disappointed with this shoddy Kindle OCR scan obviously done by someone who sawed the binding off and fed it through a scanner using the consumer version of some OCR software that came with the scanner. I'll be buying a hard copy to appreciate the last third of the book and implore you not to buy the Kindle edition.
- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Two Sixty Pr (1 July 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881043053
- ISBN-13: 978-1881043058
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
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