Target Hiroshima

Target Hiroshima

Deak Parsons and the Creation of the Atomic Bomb

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of the Navy captain who assembled and oversaw the release of the atomic bomb in World War II and established the Navy's postwar nuclear policies and advancement of scientific developments in the Navy

Book News
A flattering biography of the "Atomic Admiral," Deak Parsons, the modest ordance chief, weaponeer, and associate director at Los Alamos who turned the scientists' nuclear invention into a weapon, worked on the first postwar tests of the atomic bomb, and established post-war Navy policy in atomic matters. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Naval Inst Pr
For better or worse, Navy captain William S. "Deak" Parsons made the atomic bomb happen. As ordnance chief and associate director at Los Alamos, Parsons turned the scientists' nuclear creation into a practical weapon. As weaponeer, he completed the assembly of "Little Boy" during the flight to Hiroshima. As bomb commander, he approved the release of the bomb that forever changed the world. Yet over the past fifty years only fragments of his story have appeared, in part because of his own self-effacement and the nation's demand for secrecy. Based on recently declassified Manhattan Project documents, including Parsons' logs and other untapped sources, the book offers an unvarnished account of this unsung hero and his involvement in some of the greatest scientific advances of the twentieth century.

Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c1998.
ISBN: 9781557501202
Branch Call Number: 920 PARSONS, W.
Characteristics: xii, 305 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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