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Manhattan Project

The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians

Cynthia C. Kelly, Richard Rhodes (Introduction by)


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The definitive collection of writings on the Manhattan Project by the pre-eminent scientists, historians, and the everyday observers who bore witness to the birth of the modern nuclear age.

Begun in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people, including our foremost scientists and thinkers, and cost nearly $2 billion, while operating under a shroud of absolute secrecy. This groundbreaking collection of documents, essays, articles, and excerpts from histories, biographies, plays, novels, letters, and the oral histories of key eyewitnesses provides unique perspectives for the historian and student of history all compiled by experts at the Atomic Heritage Foundation. Photographs throughout depict key moments and pivotal figures. The Manhattan Project gives actual voice to a significant period in history.

Praise For Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians

"It's both a wonderful service to history and a fascinating book to read."
Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Einstein

"A wonderful addition to the literature on the development of the atomic bomb....This rich anthology...enhances our knowledge of the formative years of the nuclear era and underscores the perils we still face."
Kai Bird, co-author, American Prometheus

"The definitive anthology on the Manhattan Project."
Gregg Herken, author of The Brotherhood of the Bomb

Black Dog & Leventhal, 9781579128081, 496pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

About the Author

Cynthia C. Kelly is the president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the editor of several books on the subject including Remembering the Manhattan Project.

Richard Rhodes is the author of twenty-six books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.