Nuclear Dawn

Nuclear Dawn

The Atomic Bomb, from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War

General Military
  • Author: James P. Delgado
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Sep 2009
  • Number of Pages: 216
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The obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 brought the world to a stand still. This unimaginable shock confirmed to the world that the race to develop a working atomic weapon during World War II had been won by the American-led international effort. Horrific and controversial even today, these first uses of the atomic bomb had intense ramifications not only on the continued development of the bomb, but also on politics and popular culture. As well as the technological development, historian James Delgado also examines how the US Army Air Force had to develop the capacity to deliver the weapons, and examines the sites where development and testing took place, in order to give a comprehensive history of the dawning of the nuclear age.

Biographical Note

JAMES P. DELGADO is the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Dr Delgado is the author or editor of nearly thirty books, including Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks, Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea, Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll, Pearl Harbor Recalled: New Images from the Day of Infamy and Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: History's Greatest Naval Disaster.Dr Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world, including those of RMS Titanic, the discovery of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic's survivors, the notorious "ghost ship” Mary Celeste, USS Arizona, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, and the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers. Dr Delgado's active participation in the study and preservation of shipwreck sites includes membership in the International Commission on Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) committee on underwater cultural heritage. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers' Club.


Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The pre-Atomic Age
2. Developing the Bomb, 1939-1945
3. Little Boy and Fat Man
4. Delivering the Bomb
5. Hiroshima
6. Nagasaki
7. Reaction and Response
8. Operation Crossroads: The Bikini Tests
9. Nuclear Proliferation and Deterrence
10. Legacies of the Bomb
Notes and Sources

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