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Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know
Nuclear Weapons is a history of nuclear weapons. From their initial theoretical development at the start of the twentieth century to the recent tests in North Korea, the author seeks to, at each point in the narrative, describe the basic science of nuclear weaponry. At the same time, he offers accounts and anecdotes of the personalities involved, many of whom he has known ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published October 15th 2007)
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Jul 12, 2014 Dan Cohen rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A flawed but interesting book. Bernstein refers to the excellent Richard Rhodes books that cover much of the same ground and gives some reasons why he still thought it was worth writing this book, but I have to say that Rhodes' books are better. Having said that, Bernstein's quirky style has much to recommend it, and his descriptions of personal experiences are in places riveting. I particularly enjoyed the description of his visit to a nuclear weapons test site. Bernstein also covers some of th ...more
A good overview of the history of the development of atomic physics and nuclear weapons, with general coverage of recent proliferation. This would have received four stars but for the scattered references to Wikipedia for general lists. Though the author is well-versed in this field and worked from a wide variety of professional publications on the subject, I don't trust even references to lists such as those of current nuclear powers that sometimes includes Chuck Norris.