Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

A Complete History of the Trinity Test Site

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It was not Robert Oppenheimer who built the bomb—it was engineers, chemists and young physicists in their twenties, many not yet having earned a degree. The first atomic bomb was originally conceived as a backup device, a weapon not then currently achievable. The remote Trinity Site—the birthplace of the bomb—was used as a test range for U.S. bombers before the first nuclear device was secretly detonated. After the blast, locals speculated that the flash and rumble were caused by colliding B-29s, while Manhattan Project officials nervously measured high levels of offsite radiation. Drawing on original documents, many recently declassified, the author sheds new light on a pivotal moment in history—now approaching its 75th anniversary—told from the point of view of the men who inaugurated the Atomic Age in the New Mexico desert.

About the Author(s)

William S. Loring worked as a helicopter crew chief and an academic instructor at the Army Aviation School and holds an Airframe and Powerplant license. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

William S. Loring
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 120 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7551-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3381-7
Imprint: McFarland