The Bomb: A New History
A former nuclear weapons designer and head of nuclear weapons research at Los Alamos, Stephen M. Younger delivers an insightful and urgent inquisition on the role of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century. Does the United States need a massive atomic arsenal in an era of precision bombs and missile defense? Under what circumstances might we use nuclear weapons? And h...more
The Bomb offers more than you ever wanted to know about nuclear weapons, unless of course, you are a policy wonk, or have an interest in disarmament issues. Younger has been there and done that whe ...more
I am not sure whether it is my excitement in watching things “blow up,” “lift off,” – in other words, seeing things go up in various stages of disintegration or perhaps, if lucky, launching into space. Or, rather, the idea that there are still things out there that could turn the Earth into the ultimate example of dystopia via the detonation of the various countries with their arsenals of the worst of the “WMD” or weapons of mass destruction. These worst of the worst ...more
The first half is a basic introduction to the history of the Bomb and proliferation up to the ...more
The book is pretty short, and doesn't go into great detail of many of the topics it covers -- some small sections almost seem like expanded lists. One of the strengths of this book, though, is its breadth: it covers pretty much every political aspect of nuclear weapons.
The author has a military histor ...more
There were also lots of cool facts and stories on the technical side of nuclear weapons, and a lot of really eye-opening stuff on diplomacy and strategy involving nukes. For example, I c ...more