Books About The Manhattan Project and Birth of the Atomic Bomb During World War II

Atomic Bomb Cloud Over Nagasaki

It is widely known that the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945 effectively ended the Second World War and brought an allied victory. But the details of “Fat Man” and “Little Boy,” as they were called, and the stories surrounding them are fascinating. There are many different aspects to the atomic bombs, from their creation to their destruction. There’s the Manhattan Project and Robert Oppenheimer in the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico. And the harrowing tale of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis as it returned home after delivering the bombs, where all but 900 men were lost to torpedoes and sharks. (Remember Quint’s story in Jaws? This is the boat he tells a fictional tale about.)

Here are great reads for people interested in books about the Manhattan Project and the birth of the atomic bomb that cover everything, from how the Manhattan Project wasn’t actually in Manhattan to the history behind the splitting of the atom and what that meant for weapons to who invented the atomic bomb and the damage done by the bombs after they were dropped in Japan.




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