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Portrature of the Writers invited to the "Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007". Scotland

Edinburgh 19/08/2007. International Book Festival. Gerard DeGroot, Professor of Modern History at St. Andrews University, has written a concise and enjoyable account of the history of the nuclear bomb, The Bomb: A Life. He chronicles its birth in the turn-of-the-century physics laboratories of Europe, to its first test in the desert of New Mexico, to the ensuing nuclear race and its proliferation across the globe. Although the book does not offer any new information to a knowledgeable reader, it does offer a succinct telling of the Bomb's legacy. This fact will be welcomed by those wishing to teach the topic of development of nuclear weapons. For those seeking a detailed account of the development of the atomic bomb and its later incarnation, the hydrogen bomb, they should review Richard Rhodes' seminal works, The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Dark Sun.

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Edinburgh 19/08/2007. International Book Festival. Gerard DeGroot, Professor of Modern History at St. Andrews University, has written a concise and enjoyable account of the history of the nuclear bomb, The Bomb: A Life. He chronicles its birth in the turn-of-the-century physics laboratories of Europe, to its first test in the desert of New Mexico, to the ensuing nuclear race and its proliferation across the globe. Although the book does not offer any new information to a knowledgeable reader, it does offer a succinct telling of the Bomb's legacy. This fact will be welcomed by those wishing to teach the topic of development of nuclear weapons. For those seeking a detailed account of the development of the atomic bomb and its later incarnation, the hydrogen bomb, they should review Richard Rhodes' seminal works, The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Dark Sun.