The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945

The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945

The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945

The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945

Synopsis

First published in 1984, this prize-winning history of the Manhattan Project is now available in paperback for the first time, fifty years after the explosion of the first atomic bomb.

Excerpt

Herman Melville once wrote, "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme." The judgments on the book will be left to the reader, but I have no doubts about the power of the theme. This is the story of the world's first nuclear explosion. It occurred at 5:30 A.M. on July 16, 1945, about 120 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its legacy is much in evidence today.

As usual, I am indebted to a great number of people for their aid in the preparation of this study. To begin with, I would like to give special thanks to the archivists and librarians who so patiently replied to my endless stream of requests: Walter Bramlett, Tony Rivera, Bill Jack Rodgers, Elaine Ruhe, Dan Baca, and Alison Kerr of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hedy Dunn of the Los Alamos Historical Society; Stanley Hordes and his staff at the New Mexico State Archives and Records Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Edward J. Reese of the Modern Military Headquarters Branch of the National Archives, Washington, D.C.; David Warringer and Richard V. Nutley of the Department of Energy, Coordination and Information Center, Las Vegas, Nevada; Mitch Tuchman and Bernard Galm of the UCLA Oral History Program and Anne Caiger of the UCLA University Library, University of California at Los Angeles; Elizabeth B. Mason of the Columbia Oral History Program, Columbia University, New York City; Frances M. Seeber of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York; Benedict K.

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