The Hydrogen Bomb; The Men, The Menace, The Mechanism

Wesport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1971. First Greenwood Reprinting [stated]. Hardcover. viii, 244, [4] pages. Footnotes. Index. Ex-U.S. Atomic Energy Commission library. Usual library markings. James Robinson Shepley (August 16, 1917 – November 2, 1988) was an American journalist and businessman who was president of Time Inc. from 1969 to 1980 and was CEO of The Washington Star from 1978 until the paper was shut down in 1981. Shepley was given credit for having expanded Time Inc. into different areas of publishing and into television and video. In 1942 he began working for Time magazine's Washington bureau. He then became a war correspondent for Time and Life magazine. In 1948 he became chief of the Washington bureau, a position he continued to hold into the 1950s. The prominence of his position, his wartime reporting combined to give Shepley unusual access to the U.S. defense and diplomatic establishments. By 1953, American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer had taken stances related to the development of the hydrogen bomb and the value and morality of strategic bombardment that led to a concerted effort against Oppenheimer undertaken by the United States Air Force and other elements of the defense and atomic energy establishments. The Shepley and Blair work, The Hydrogen Bomb: The Men, The Menace, The Mechanism (1954), provoked considerable controversy at the time with its charges that the U.S. development of the hydrogen bomb had been intentionally delayed by some scientists led by Oppenheimer. The book was positively reviewed across a large number of newspapers and magazines at the time of publication. The behind-the-scenes story of the controversies and disagreements surrounding the development and construction of the hydrogen bomb in the United States. Clay Drewry Blair Jr. (May 1, 1925 – December 16, 1998) was an American journalist and author, best known for his books on military history. Blair wrote some two dozen history books and hundreds of magazine articles. Blair wrote for Time and Life magazines. At Time-Life during the 1950s he covered the Pentagon ,focusing on issues of national security and nuclear weapons policy. Over the years, Blair worked for the Curtis Publishing Company as both a correspondent and an editor. In particular he became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post during the early 1960s. During his stint there, he made an emphasis of publishing exclusive reports but also faced a series of libel suits. Beginning in 1962, Blair was also in editorial charge of all of Curtis Publishing's other magazines in addition to the Post, and held the titles of executive vice president and directory. Blair earned trust as a collaborator when he assisted General Omar Bradley in the writing of his autobiography, A General's Life (1983), published after the general's death. Blair's history of the Korean War The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950–1953 (1987) is considered one of the definitive historical works on the war. Blair also wrote extensively on the submarine war of World War II, notably in the bestselling Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan (1975), considered the definitive work on the Pacific submarine war. Condition: Good.

Keywords: H-Bomb, Hydrogen Bomb, Thermonuclear, Nuclear Weapon, Oppenheimer, Lawrence Livermore, Edward Teller, Atomic Energy Commission, Lewis Strauss, Strategic Bombing, Operation Greenhouse, Los Alamos

ISBN: 0837152356

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