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It would be much better to have the entire book. They cut out one of the parts I had most wanted to hear; apparently he discusses the reasons why thermonuclear bombs aren't made as destructive as technologically feasible. Who knows what else is missing from this version.
Otherwise the book is quite good, a nice balance of technology, biography, and politics. And a good reality check on what nuclear stockpiles really entail for society.
Rhodes is not the smoothest reader in the world, but I enjoyed hearing the author reading his own writing.
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Fascinating book. I wish it were available in an unabridged version. Some of the technical descriptions of the various bomb designs are a little hard going. You really need diagrams to follow them. But the descriptions of the people and politics were excellent. The author turns out to be an exceptionally good narrator. If you want to learn something about arguably the most important era in modern history then check out this book.
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The Thermal nuclear weapons, the science, the history, the politics, the espionage, the arms-race and the Cold War; all in one book.
I wish that the author's "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" was also available as an audiobook.
Also wish that both were available as unabridged…
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