Racing for the Bomb

Racing for the Bomb

General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project's Indispensable Man

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Follows the World War II race to build the atomic bomb while profiling its top commander, documenting how Colonel Groves drove countless individuals to collecting the necessary funds and materials as well as orchestrated solutions to thousands of technical problems.

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Norris (research associate, Natural Resources Defense Council) celebrates the life of General Groves (1896-1970), whom he considers to have the dubious distinction of being the indispensable person in the building of the atomic bomb and the critical person in determining how, when, and where it was used in Japan. Despite the book's title, a significant amount of the material focuses on Groves' youth, education, and early career before he was tapped to head the Manhattan project. Further material discusses his later involvement with the politics of nuclear arms after the close of World War II. Groves' overwhelming influence in the Manhattan project, Norris feels, was also instrumental in building the national security state that has continued to characterize the post-war years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781586420390
Branch Call Number: 355.8251 GROVE NORRI
Characteristics: xxi, 722 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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