HST 499 Weapons of Mass Destruction

Supplemental Readings



Making of the Atomic Bomb:

Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1988); QC773 .R46 1986; 3rd floor. 

Use of the Atomic Bomb:

John Hersey, Hiroshima (1985).  D767.25.H6 H4 1985 

J. Samuel Walker, Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan (1997).  Books/5th floor; D767.25.H6 W355 1997

Michael Hogan, Hiroshima in History and Memory (1996).  Books/5th floor ; D767.25.H6 H6456 1996  

Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005); QC16.O62 B57 2005; 3rd floor.

Lawrence Badash and others (eds.), Reminiscences of Los Alamos, 1943-1945 (1980).  QC791.96 .R44; 3rd floor.

German Atomic Bomb:

Mark Walker, Nazi Science: Myth, Truth, and the German Atomic Bomb (1995).  Link+ Q127.G3 W35 1995 

Michael Frayn, Copenhagen (2002); Link+

Paul Lawrence Rose, Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project: A Study in German Culture (1998).  Books/3rd floor ; QC16.H35 R67 1998

Thomas Powers, Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993) Books/3rd floor ; QC16.H35 P69 1993  

Jeremy Bernstein (ed.), Hitler's Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall (2001) Books/3rd floor; QC773.3.G3 B47 2001

Myth about the Japanese Atomic Bomb:

Walter Grunden, Secret Weapons and World War II: Japan in the Shadow of Big Science (2005); UF505.J3 G78 2005; 3rd floor.

Soviet Atomic Bomb and H-Bomb:

David Holloway, Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (1994).  Books/3rd floor; UA770 .H632 1994 

Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1995). Books/3rd floor; UG1282.A8 R46 1995  

Cuban Missile Crisis:

McGeorge Bundy, Danger and Survival: Choices about the Bomb in the First Fifty Years (1988), Books/3rd floor UA23 .B786 1988 

Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali, ¡°One Hell of a Gamble¡±: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964 (1997); E841 .F86 1997; 5th floor.

Don Munton, The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History (2007); E841 .M796 2007; 5th floor.

Chinese Atomic Bomb:

John Wilson Lewis and Xue Litai, China Builds the Bomb (1988).  Link+

Evan Feigenbaum, China¡¯s Techno-Warriors: National Security and Strategic Competition from the Nuclear and the Information Age (2003).  Link+

Debates over Biological Warfare during the Korean War and Cold War:

Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman, The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea (1999).

Kathryn Weathersby (compiler), ¡°Deceiving the Deceivers: Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, and the Allegations of Bacteriological Weapons Use in Korea,¡± Cold War International History Project Bulletin 1998 (11): 176-185.

Milton Leitenberg, ¡°New Russian Evidence on the Korean War Biological Warfare Allegations: Background and Analysis,¡± Cold War International History Project Bulletin 11, (1998): 185-199.

Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman, ¡°Comment on Milton Leitenberg¡¯s Article, ¡®New Russian Evidence on the Korean War Biological Warfare Allegations: Background and Analysis.¡¯¡±

Tom Buchanan, ¡°The Courage of Galileo: Joseph Needham and the ¡®Germ Warfare¡¯ Allegations in the Korean War,¡± History 86, no. 284 (2001): 503-522.

Jonathan B. Tucker, ¡°A Farewell to Germs: The U.S. Renunciation of Biological and Toxin Warfare, 1969-70 [pdf] [html],¡± International Security 27, no. 1 (Summer 2002), 107-148.

The Bomb and American Popular Culture:

Paul Boyer, By The Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age (1985).  Books/5th floor;  E169.12 .B684 1985  

Spencer Weart, Nuclear Fear: A History of Images (1988); QC773 .W43 1988; 3rd floor. 

Star Wars:

Frances Fitzgerald, Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War (2000); E876 .F58 2000; 5th floor.

Indian Atomic Bomb:

George Perkovich, India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (1999). Books/3rd floor; UA840 .P47 1999