Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes

Making of the Atomic Bomb

By Richard Rhodes

  • Release Date: 2012-09-18
  • Genre: History
Score: 4
From 82 Ratings


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan.

Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the bomb, with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers—Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann—stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.

Richard Rhodes gives the definitive story of man’s most awesome discovery and invention. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail, The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a narrative tour de force and a document with literary power commensurate with its subject.


  • Outstanding scholarship, wit, and insights into history of Manhattan Project and physics.

    By Emma Libster
    Rhodes seminal publication provides an in-depth look into history and scale of US Manhattan Project and principal characters. Wonderful background Into genesis of World War II atomic bomb project and giants like Einstein, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Bethe, Szilard, Teller, Fermi, Ulam, Von Neumann, etc., Great background information on personal lives and motivations of scientists, politicians, and military leaders of the time. I really liked photographs and descriptions of educational, military, and scientific installations, and the enormous effort to win the race to develop atomic bomb. This book is written for the layman, historian, and scientist. Pulitzer Prize Winner - Highly Recommended!