The authors [OF TWO NEW BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF THE ATOMIC BOMB] shatter myths, throw light on the hidden dynamics of nuclear proliferation and suggest new ways to reduce the threat. ... Both document national paths to acquiring nuclear weapons that have been rocky and dependent on the willingness of spies and politicians to divulge state secrets.
Thomas C. Reed, a veteran of the Livermore weapons laboratory in California and a former secretary of the Air Force, and Danny B. Stillman, former director of intelligence at Los Alamos, have teamed up in “The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and its Proliferation” to show the importance of moles, scientists with divided loyalties and — most important — the subtle and not so subtle interests of nuclear states.
“Since the birth of the nuclear age,” they write, “no nation has developed a nuclear weapon on its own, although many claim otherwise.”
- IF THE RUSSIAN SPIES IN THE USA HADN'T GIVEN STALIN THE BOMB, THEN THE USA MIGHT STILL BE THE ONLY NUCLEAR SUPERPOWER.
- THINK ABOUT IT. THINK ABOUT ALL THE MONEY THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED. THE NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.
- AND IRAN WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET THE BOMB, EITHER.
- ALL THAT ENDED WHEN LEFTIES WITHIN THE USA NUCLEAR PROGRAM GAVE OUR NUKE SECRETS TO THE USSR.