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The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950
The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950
By Gregg F. Herken
Knopf, 1981, 480 pp

An enthralling history, full of new information and superbly documented, on American policy toward the development and use of nuclear weapons from Hiroshima to the decision to build the hydrogen bomb. This is the story of how the United States came to "depend upon bigger and better bombs to keep-and shape-the peace."