Brotherhood of the Bomb

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781466851559
Release Date: 2013-08-13
Genre: History

The fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller-the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science-and its practitioners-enlisted in the service of the state during the Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War? The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally about loyalty-to country, to science, and to each other-and about the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came into conflict. Gregg Herken gives us the behind-the-scenes account based upon a decade of research, interviews, and newly released Freedom of Information Act and Russian documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.

Brotherhood of the Bomb

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 080506589X
Release Date: 2003-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Traces the stories of three top figures in the foundation of the nuclear age, considering how the loyalties of each man played a significant part in history and the choices each had to make when their allegiances came into conflict.

Brotherhood of the Bomb

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805065881
Release Date: 2002-09-09
Genre: History

Traces the stories of three top figures in the foundation of the nuclear age, considering how the loyalties of each man played a significant part in history and the choices each had to make when their allegiances came into conflict.

Counsels of War

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9781101946121
Release Date: 2015-02-18
Genre: History

Since the first atomic bomb was exploded in 1945, a close community of civilian experts, including scientists, academics, and think-tank intellectuals, has advised the American government on the prospects of nuclear war. Based on interviews with these experts, as well as hundreds of pages of recently declassified documents, Counsels of War is the first book to trace in detail the deliberations and shifting recommendations of the experts on the bomb from Hiroshima to "Star Wars." Gregg Herken writes about the people whose profession it has been to think about the unthinkable—Robert McNamara, Paul Nitze, Herman Kahn, Bernard Brodie—including their intense rivalries, personal animosities, and often contentious relationship with the professional military. He reveals how the influence of the scientist and strategist has extended well beyond the laboratory and the classroom—in the proposal of Kennedy's advisers for a nuclear "demonstration" and even a "clever first-strike" against the Russians, for example. Counsels of War also shatters certain popular assumptions about U.S. nuclear policy. As Herken points out, while American doctrine stresses "retaliation," U.S. strategists have always planned to "pre-empt" a Soviet attack. Herken shows that the lines in the current nuclear debate were actually drawn at the dawn of the atomic age, and that the experts' technically abstruse arguments have only served to hide from the public the fundamental, deeply held—and quite subjective—differences at the heart of the debate. Since Hiroshima, there has been a growing awareness of the peril created by nuclear weapons, yet the crucial questions that were never adequately addressed in 1945 unanswered today. Given the inability of the experts to confront the essential dilemma of the nuclear age, Counsels of War calls for a new nuclear debate, one focused on American rather than Soviet intentions and that seeks an answer to the fundamental, yet still unresolved question: What are these weapons for?

Manhattan Project

Author: Cynthia C. Kelly
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 9781603762069
Release Date: 2009-02-10
Genre: History

The first collection ever of the writings and insights of the original creators of the atomic bomb, along with pieces by the most important historians and interpreters of the subject, is now in paperback. Born out of a small research program begun in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people, including our foremost scientists and thinkers, and cost nearly $2 billion?and it was operated under a shroud of absolute secrecy. This groundbreaking collection of documents, essays, articles, and excerpts from histories, biographies, plays, novels, letters, and the oral histories of key eyewitnesses is the freshest, most exhaustive exploration yet of the topic. Compiled by experts at the Atomic Heritage Foundation, the book features first-hand material by Albert Einstein, Leslie Groves, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Niels Bohr, Henry Stimson, and many others. Dozens of photographs depict key moments and significant figures, and concise explanatory material accompanies each selection. The project's aftermath and legacy are covered as well, making this the most comprehensive account of the birth of the atomic age.

One of Us

Author: Jeannie Waudby
Publisher: Scholastic UK
ISBN: 9781909489370
Release Date: 2015-02-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

When K narrowly survives a bomb attack, she agrees to go undercover with the radical young group held responsible. She's determined to bring them to justice, but soon even enemies become real people. When she falls in love, K discovers that things are not black and white ...

The Brotherhood of the Red Nile

Author: Dan Perkins
Publisher: Abbott Press
ISBN: 9781458206886
Release Date: 2012-11
Genre: Fiction

"Somewhere out there lurking...this story makes those terrifying possibilities all too real. Once you start reading it, just try to put it down."--Mark Walters, Professor of Journalism,University of South Florida, St. Petersburg As the undersecretary of Homeland Security for terrorist activity, Frank Williams meets with the president of the United States to tell him the disturbing news. Intelligence has uncovered a new terrorist group more sophisticated and dangerous than al-Qaeda known as the Brotherhood of the Red Nile. Their goal is the destruction of America. Half a world away, near the small Syrian town of Al-Mukharram, mastermind terrorist Mohamed el Sargon has two stolen Soviet-era suitcase nuclear bombs in his possession. He puts together a team of experts--a terrorist "think tank"--to plan an unprecedented attack on the United States. Sacrificing their lives for the cause is a small price to pay for the extermination of their enemies. Intelligence operatives around the world scramble to stop the Brotherhood. But will they be able to find them in time? From the halls of the White House to the rebel camps of the Middle East, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile delivers a chilling, modern-age tale of danger and heroism.


Author: Steve Sheinkin
Publisher: Flash Point
ISBN: 9781596438613
Release Date: 2012-09-04
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb. Bomb is a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature. Bomb is a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title. Bomb is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.

Lover Unleashed

Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101513470
Release Date: 2011-03-29
Genre: Fiction

#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward's thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

Talking to the Enemy

Author: Scott Atran
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062020749
Release Date: 2010-10-19
Genre: Political Science

“Atran explores the way terrorists think of themselves and teaches us, at last, intelligent ways to think about terrorists.” —Christopher Dickey, Newsweek Middle East Editor and author of Securing the City Talking to the Enemy by Scott Atran is an eye-opening and important book that offers readers a startling look deep inside terror groups. Based on the author’s unprecedented access to and in-depth interviews with terrorists and jihadis—including Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Taliban extremists, as well as members of other radical Islamic terror organizations—Talking to the Enemy provides fresh insight and unexpected answers to why there are people in this world willing to kill and die for a cause. A riveting, compelling work in the tradition of The Looming Tower and Terror in the Name of God, Talking to the Enemy is required reading for anyone interested in making the world a safer, more secure place for everyone.

Sacco and Vanzetti

Author: Paul Avrich
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691026041
Release Date: 1996-02
Genre: History

An in-depth study of the lives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, based on anarchist sources and new materials, provides answers to crucial questions about one of the most notorious cases in American legal history. Bibliog.

Brotherhood in Death

Author: J. D. Robb
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698161481
Release Date: 2016-02-02
Genre: Fiction

In this thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy when she investigates the disappearance of a former U.S. Senator. Just as Dennis Mira is about to confront his cousin Edward about selling the West Village brownstone that belonged to their grandfather, he gets a shock: Edward is in front of him, bruised and bloody...and then everything goes black. When Dennis comes to, Edward is gone. Luckily Dennis’s wife is a top profiler for the NYPSD—and a close colleague of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Now Eve is determined to uncover the secrets of Edward Mira and learn what enemies he may have made in his long career as a lawyer, judge, and senator. A badge and a billionaire husband can get you access to places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate...and a new case that no one saw coming. From the Paperback edition.

The Ruin of J Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Priscilla J. McMillan
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9781421425672
Release Date: 2018-02-05
Genre: History

On April 12, 1954, the nation was astonished to learn that J. Robert Oppenheimer was facing charges of violating national security. Could the director of the Manhattan Project, the visionary who led the effort to build the atom bomb, really be a traitor? In this riveting book, bestselling author Priscilla J. McMillan draws on newly declassified U.S. government documents and materials from Russia, as well as in-depth interviews, to expose for the first time the conspiracy that destroyed one of America’s most illustrious scientists. McMillan recreates the fraught years from 1949 to 1955 when Oppenheimer and a group of liberal scientists tried to head off the cabal of hard-line air force officials, anti-Communist politicians, and rival scientists, including physicist Edward Teller, who were trying to seize control of U.S. policy and build ever more deadly nuclear weapons. Retelling the story of Oppenheimer’s trial, which took place in utmost secrecy, she describes how the government made up its own rules and violated many protections of the rule of law. She also argues that the effort to discredit Oppenheimer, occurring at the height of the McCarthy era and sanctioned by a misinformed President Eisenhower, was a watershed in the Cold War, poisoning American politics for decades and creating dangers that haunt us today. A chilling tale of McCarthy-era machinations, this groundbreaking page-turner rewrites the history of the Cold War.

The Georgetown Set

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780385353045
Release Date: 2014-10-28
Genre: History

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors who helped shape American strategy. This coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians guided the country, for better and worse, from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country’s premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars. Gregg Herken gives us intimate portraits of these dedicated and talented, if deeply flawed, individuals, who navigated the Cold War years (often over cocktails and dinner) with very real consequences reaching into the present day. Throughout, he illuminates the drama and fascination of that noble, congenial, curious old world,” in Joe Alsop’s words, bringing this remarkable roster of men and women not only out into the open but vividly to life.