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The Bomb by Gerard J. DeGroot
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Sep 17, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, history, history-politics, science
Recommended for: People who think Duck & Cover is a hip-hop act.
Read in March, 2006

Many books have been written about the nuclear weapons and their effect on the world. Few, however, have attempted to write a coherent biography of the bomb as an entity. Gerard DeGroot has done just that. With biting wit and an eye on history, DeGroot documents the life of the bomb from its embryonic state in the mind of European physicists through the Cold War and the age of terror. He not only gives detailed accounts of how a dozen American presidents dealt with the issues of “mutually assured destruction”, he also covers the bombs influence on popular culture, family life, world economies, literature and religion. Engrossing, frightening and thoughtful, the book shines a light on humanity’s drive to destroy itself. This is probably one of the best books I've read in the last few years.


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