Spying on the Bomb (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
The world changed decisively in August, 1945, when the explosion of two nuclear bombs over wartime Japan resulted in over 200,000 deaths (with a like number to follow from delayed effects) and pressed the war-hardened Japanese nation to sue for peace. The stakes of nuclear war increased dramatically again when hydrogen bombs tested by the United States in 1952 and by the Soviet Union in 1953 demonstrated far greater explosive power. From the beginning of its bomb project, the American intelligence community expressed great concern that U.S. nuclear development would be subject to espionage by both the declared enemy, Germany, and a U.S. ally, the Soviet Union, resulting in an enemy nation being the first to complete the bomb.
In Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea, Jeffrey T. Richelson recounts the history of the American effort to monitor the development of nuclear weapons by friendly and unfriendly nations. This is a richly annotated book, with more than one hundred pages of notes, all to unclassified sources, many of which were obtained by the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act. Very dense in information, the book is not easy reading. The reader must wade through numerous acronyms for the defense and intelligence agencies of a dozen or more countries (which, however, are summarized in a three-page table at the end). Readers not expert in recent political and...
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