Dark Sun

Rhodes, Richard. Dark Sun: the Making of the Hydrogen Bomb. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Not being a scientist and being even less interested in making a bomb of any sort, I found some of Rhodes’s Dark Sun tedious. Having said that, I firmly believe to dumb it down for the sake of the common reader would be to turn Dark Sun into a children’s bedtime story for the nuclear physicists who truly are interested in U235 and CP-1. The sections involving espionage were far more exciting and hard to believe they weren’t scenes taken straight from a spy movie thriller.

Scary quote, “In the end, out in the Pacific, two planes carrying two bombs had compelled the war’s termination” (p 17).

An aside: why is it that spies totally look like spies?

Reason read: Atom bomb was first tested in the month of July (July 16, 1945). I am lumping hydro in with atom. Sue me.

Author fact: Rhodes calls nonfiction “verity.” I love it.

Book trivia: confession: this was way too long and totally not my subject. I gave up after 200 pages. Can you tell by the length of this review? Yup.

BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Bomb Makers” (p 42).



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