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The Nuclear SpiesAmerica's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin$
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Vince Houghton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739590

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.001.0001

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A Reasonable Fear

A Reasonable Fear

The U.S. (Mis)Perception of the German Nuclear Program

(p.5) 1 A Reasonable Fear
The Nuclear Spies

Vince Houghton

Cornell University Press

The first chapter details the causes of the United States Government’s considerable apprehension about the German atomic bomb program. By 1942 American progress in atomic development had made it apparent that atomic bombs were more than theoretical possibilities, they were practical certainties. That is to say, it was only a matter of time before someone built an atomic bomb. The Germans had the best scientists, a well-developed industrial system, widespread political support, and they had a significant head start. American scientists had reason to worry.

Keywords:   atomic bomb, Nazi Germany, German scientists, atomic energy, World War II

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