Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb

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Da Capo Press, 2000 - History - 607 pages
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One of the last secrets of World War II is why the Germans failed to build an atomic bomb. Germany was the birthplace of modern physics; it possessed the raw materials and the industrial base; and it commanded key intellectual resources. What happened?

InHeisenberg's War, Thomas Powers tells of the interplay between science and espionage, morality and military necessity, and paranoia and cool logic that marked the German bomb program and the Allied response to it. On the basis of dozens of interviews and years of intensive research, Powers concludes that Werner Heisenberg, who was the leading figure in the German atomic effort, consciously obstructed the development of the bomb and in a famous 1941 meeting in Copenhagen with his former mentor Neils Bohr ineffect sought to dissuade the Allies fromtheir pursuit of the bomb.Heisenberg's War is a "superbly researched and well-written book" (Time) whose extraordinary story engrosses--and haunts.
 

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The biographer of CIA director Richard Helms ( The Man Who Kept the Secrets , LJ 10/1/79) has written an easy-to-read, well-researched book on the Nazi quest for an atomic bomb. The Allies rightly ... Read full review

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I have not read this book but it is worth pointing out that Bohr's letters published in 2002 need to be read in conjunction with this book.
So far I have seen no details of these letters nor any new biography that takes them into account.

Contents

ONE
4
TWO
14
THREE
23
FOUR
36
FIVE
45
SIX
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SEVEN
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EIGHT
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TWENTY
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TWENTYONE
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TWENTYTWO
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TWENTYTHREE
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TWENTYFOUR
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TWENTYFIVE
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TWENTYSIX
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TWENTYSEVEN
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NINE
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TEN
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ELEVEN
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TWELVE
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THIRTEEN
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FOURTEEN
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FIFTEEN
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SIXTEEN
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SEVENTEEN
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EIGHTEEN
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NINETEEN
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TWENTYEIGHT
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TWENTYNINE
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THIRTY
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THIRTYONE
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THIRTYTWO
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THIRTYTHREE
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THIRTYFOUR
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THIRTYFIVE
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THIRTYSIX
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THIRTYSEVEN
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About the author (2000)

Thomas Powers received the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1971. He is the author of several books, includingThe Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, and most recently the novelThe Confirmation. He lives with his family in Vermont.

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