Churchill's bomb: how the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race

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Perhaps no scientific development has shaped the course of modern history as much as the harnessing of nuclear energy. Yet the twentieth century might have turned out differently had greater influence over this technology been exercised by Great Britain, whose scientists were at the forefront of research into nuclear weapons at the beginning of World War II. As award-winning author Graham Farmelo describes in Churchill's Bomb, the British set out to investigate the possibility of building nuclear weapons before their American colleagues. But when scientists in Britain first discovered a way to build an atomic bomb, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was slow to realize the bomb's strategic implications. This was odd-he prided himself on recognizing the military potential of new science and, in the 1920s and 1930s, had repeatedly pointed out that nuclear weapons would likely be developed soon. In developing the bomb, however, he marginalized some of his country's most brilliant scientists, choosing to rely mainly on the counsel of his friend Frederick Lindemann, an Oxford physicist with often wayward judgment. Churchill also failed to capitalize on Franklin Roosevelt's generous offer to work jointly on the bomb and ultimately ceded Britain's initiative to the Americans, whose successful development and deployment of the bomb placed the United States in a position of supreme power at the dawn of the nuclear age. After the war, President Truman and his administration refused to acknowledge a secret cooperation agreement forged by Churchill and Roosevelt and froze Britain out of nuclear development, leaving Britain to make its own way. Churchill came to be terrified by the possibility of thermonuclear war and emerged as a pioneer of détente in the early stages of the Cold War. Contrasting Churchill's often inattentive leadership with Franklin Roosevelt's decisiveness, Churchill's Bomb reveals the secret history of the weapon that transformed modern geopolitics.
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subject_facetAtomic bomb -- Great Britain
Atomic bomb -- Great Britain -- History
Cherwell, Frederick Alexander Lindemann, -- Viscount, -- 1886-1957
Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965
Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965 -- Military leadership
Great Britain -- Military relations -- United States
HISTORY / Military / Nuclear Warfare
HISTORY / Military / World War II
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- Great Britain -- History
Nuclear weapons -- United States
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Science / History
United States -- Military relations -- Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science -- Great Britain
title_displayChurchill's bomb : how the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race
title_fullChurchill's bomb : how the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race / Graham Farmelo
Churchill's bomb : how the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race [electronic resource] / Graham Farmelo
title_shortChurchill's bomb
title_subhow the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race
topic_facetAtomic bomb
Cherwell, Frederick Alexander Lindemann
Churchill, Winston
Government policy
History
Military leadership
Military relations
Nuclear weapons
Prime ministers
Science
World War, 1939-1945