Born out of a small research program that began in 1939, the
Manhattan Project brought together the cream of the scientific
community and the military to create and perfect a weapon more
powerful than any the world had known. Racing against time as the
war raged in Europe and Asia, and against our enemies, whom we
feared were pursuing similar ends, the Project would eventually
employ more than 125,000 people and cost a total of over $2
billion--and the entire operation was conducted under a shroud of
secrecy, at remote sites around the country.This groundbreaking
book--the first of its kind--collects the writings and thoughts of
the original participants in the Manhattan Project, along with
pieces by the most important historians and interpreters of the
subject. It is a rich and comprehensive compilation of documents,
essays, articles, and excerpts from histories, biographies, plays,
novels, letters, oral histories, and more, and is the freshest,
most multi-faceted exploration yet of the topic. Including material
by and about J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, Albert Einstein,
Richard Feynman, Leslie Groves, Klaus Fuchs, Henry Stimson,
Vannevar Bush, Harry S. Truman, Niels Bohr, and many other key
figures, it also collects the writings and testimony of those in
the trenches at the Project, their families, and local
eyewitnesses. Finally, the book includes thoughts and concerns
about the bomb, set down in the aftermath of its deployment, by
politicians, writers, artists, and others who saw that the world
would never again be the same.Assembled with authority and care by
the president of the Atomic HeritageFoundation--in cooperation with
a team of advising historians that included the Pulitzer
Prize-winning Richard Rhodes--"The Manhattan Project "is an
invaluable addition to the historical record as well as a gripping
narrative of scientific discovery, military strategy, and moral
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