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Super Bomb: Organizational Conflict and the Development of the Hydrogen Bomb

Ken Young and Warner R. Chilling


This book unveils the story of the events leading up to President Harry S. Truman's 1950 decision to develop a “super,” or hydrogen, bomb. That fateful decision and its immediate consequences are detailed in a diverse and complete account built on newly released archives and previously hidden contemporaneous interviews with more than sixty political, military, and scientific figures who were involved in the decision. The book presents the expectations, hopes, and fears of the key individuals who lobbied for and against developing the H-bomb. It portrays the conflicts that arose over the H-bomb ... More

Keywords: President Truman, Harry S. Truman, hydrogen bomb, H-bomb, Atomic Energy Commission, Los Alamos laboratory, Pentagon, Congress, White House, nuclear weapons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501745164
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501745164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Young, author

Warner R. Chilling, author