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The Bomb that Changed the World

Hill Williams

$22.95

At an isolated location along the Columbia River in 1944, the world’s first plutonium factory became operational, producing fuel for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. Former Seattle Times science writer Hill Williams traces the amazing, tragic story—from the dawn of nuclear science to Cold War testing in the Marshall Islands.

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In 1942, a small plane carrying Lt. Col. Franklin T. Matthias and two DuPont engineers flew over three farming communities in eastern Washington. The passengers agreed. Isolated and near the powerful Columbia River, the region was the ideal site for the world’s first plutonium factory. Two years later, built with a speed and secrecy unheard of today, the facility was operational. The plutonium it produced fueled the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Hill Williams traces the amazing but also tragic story—from the dawn of nuclear science through World War II and Cold War testing in the Marshall Islands.

Photographs / maps / bibliography / 176 pages

Additional information

Weight .63 oz
Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 in
Format

Paperback