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The Greatest Power on Earth: The Story of Nuclear Fission - Ronald W. [William] Clark

London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.

Contains: Black & white photographs; References;

From the cover: “When did men first try to unleash the power locked within the atom? How was nuclear fission missed during the mid-1930s and discovered on the eve of the Second World War? Did the Americans, during the war, unscrupulously use European discoveries? Or were they justified in thinking that the British were, even then, concentrating on post-war nuclear power? Was Truman or Churchill mainly responsible for trying to hoodwink Stalin at Potsdam? How did a cable-coding error lead to the Quebec Agreement under which commercial nuclear advantages after the war would be dealt with ‘on terms to be specified by the President of the United States to the Prime Minister of Great Britain?’ What is the truth about American and Russian claims to have been first with the hydrogen bomb? And was the decision to build Britain’s first nuclear weapons organized by ‘camouflage’ to conceal the fact from the Russians or from the Americans and the British public?

These are a few of the questions answered in this compelling — if sometimes chilling — story of nuclear fission since the early years of the twentieth century.

The author has been able to use papers only recently made available in the Public Records Office, as well as much other material from a wide variety of sources. The result is an authoritative but extraordinarily readable narrative in which the parts played by Lord Rutherford, Otto Hahn, Niels Bohr, Roosevelt, Truman, and Churchill in the nuclear story are fully revealed and explained for the first time.”


Foreword or introduction by Lord Zuckerman. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 342 pages.
£7.50