The Bomb by Stephen M. Younger
A New History

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“Younger has provided an insightful guide, especially for the general reader, into today’s array of nuclear powers and their capabilities.”
—James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy, former

    Director of Central Intelligence

In The Bomb, Stephen Younger, former Los Alamos weapons designer and author of Endangered Species, provides a new history of the making of nuclear policy and the creation of the most terrible weapons humankind has ever possessed. In an era when rogue nations like North Korean and Iran strive to create their own precarious weapons programs, Younger’s The Bomb provides much-needed background and insight for students, policy makers, and readers who wish to better understand the important issues involving nuclear weapons and national security.


About Stephen M. Younger

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Stephen M. Younger is a senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He recently retired as a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was in charge of nuclear weapons research and development. From 2001 to 2004, he was director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense. He lives in Las Vegas.
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Former nuclear-weapons researcher Younger (Endangered Species: How We Can Avoid Mass Destruction and Build a Lasting Peace, 2007) offers an ambitious text that strives to be many different books at once: a history of the worldwide development of nuclear weaponry;

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The thing we dread really happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the world resists full comprehension of this event, symbolizing massive death and ...

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“Our nuclear weapons stockpile is optimized for a threat that no longer exists,” Younger writes.

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