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Sunday, August 02, 2020 1:00 am

New library books

The following books on nuclear weapons are new at the Allen County Public Library.

“The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age” by Steve Olson

A gripping account of the creation of the atomic bomb that shares the less-remembered work of World War II scientists who helped manufacture the plutonium for the bombs in America's nuclear arsenal.

“Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World” by Chris Wallace,Mitch Weiss

A “Fox News Sunday” anchor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press investigative journalist present a behind-the-scenes account of the secret meetings, global events, leadership decisions and civilian realities that led to the Hiroshima bombing.

“The 300: The Inside Story of the Missile Defenders Guarding America Against Nuclear Attack” by Daniel Wasserbly

Describes the establishment of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade, an operating unit at Fort Greely in Alaska and Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, tasked with being prepared to destroy an in-flight ballistic missile.

“140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan's Last Chance to Avert Armageddon” by David Dean Barrett

A military historian, taking us inside the Cabinets of the U.S. and Japan leading to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, then Nagasaki, and ultimately to Japan's surrender, presents this nearly day-by-day account of the struggle to end the most destructive conflict in history.

“The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War” by Fred Kaplan

The national-security columnist for Slate and Pulitzer Prize finalist, combining deep reporting with historical research, and discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios, presents a history of American policy on nuclear war.

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