A history of the origins and development of the American atomic bomb program during WWII. Begins with the scientific developments of the prewar years. Details the role of the U.S. government in conducting a secret, nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory and into combat with an entirely new type of weapon. Concludes with a discussion of the immediate postwar period, the debate over the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, and the founding of the Atomic Energy Commission. Chapters the Einstein letter; physics background, 19191939; early government support; the atomic bomb and American strategy; and the Manhattan district in peacetime. Illustrated.
"History Division, Executive Secretariat, Management and Administration, Department of Energy."