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Britain and the H-bomb

Author: Lorna Arnold; Katherine Pyne
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2001.
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"This book, written with access to official archives, tells the secret story of Britain's H-bomb, from Cabinet Room and conference table to laboratory, workshop and test range. It describes the work of the scientists and engineers, their personalities and motivations, and vividly presents the weapons' trials at Christmas Island and Harold Macmillan's 'great prize' of 1958 - the renewal of a nuclear partnership with  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lorna Arnold; Katherine Pyne
ISBN: 0312235186 9780312235185 0333736850 9780333736852 0333947428 9780333947425
OCLC Number: 43884708
Description: xiv, 273 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Lawrence Freedman --
pt. I. Setting the Agenda. 1. Stellar forces. 2. The first superbomb project --
the United States. 3. The second superbomb project --
the Soviet Union --
pt. II. Britain and the Thermonuclear Question. 4. What must Britain do? 5. A general instruction from the government --
pt. III. Britain's Response. 6. Aldermaston and the weaponeers. 7. The megaton mission. 8. Captain Cook's coral island. 9. Racing against time --
pt. IV. The Pacific Trials. 10. The first trial --
Grapple. 11. 'We shall have to do it all again' --
Grapple X. 12. Britain's biggest explosion --
Grapple Y. 13. Mission accomplished --
Grapple Z --
pt. V.A Special Nuclear Relationship. 14. The great prize. 15. Some questions and answers --
App. 2. Summary of weapon tests, 1945-58 --
App. 3. The history of British R & D on atomic weapons --
App. 4. Health and safety aspects of weapon trials --
App. 5. A 1985 claim.
Responsibility: Lorna Arnold, with Katherine Pyne ; foreword by Lawrence Freedman.
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