Friday, November 27, 2009


The Manhattan Project: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography of Books in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library


Fermi, Rachel and Esther Samra. Picturing the Bomb: Photographs from the Secret World of the Manhattan Project. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995. 232 p. Photographs; chronology; glossary; annotated bibliography; index. Central-HU, BU 355.825119

Beautifully reproduced photographs of persons and places associated with the Manhattan Project, many in black-and-white but some in color (color photographs from World War II to my mind make the war seem more like a real, historical event-- black-and-white photos somehow seem more like still photos from a motion picture).

Goodchild, Peter. J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1981. 301 p. Photographs; diagrams; bibliography; index. Central-ST B OPPENHEIMER

J. Robert Oppenheimer was chief scientist and top civilian administrator of the Manhattan Project. The focus of this book is his work on the Manhattan Project, and his post-war troubles with allegations of disloyalty and involvement with Communists. Includes many photographs of Oppenheimer family members and associates, plus wonderfully clear diagrams of the structure of various scientific apparatus and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.

Greene, Bob. Duty: a Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War. New York: William Morrow, 2000. 295 p. Central-PO, BU, CO, CP, DA, KI, SC 973.917

Newspaperman Greene was told by his dying father, a World War II infantryman, that Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the Hiroshima bomb, was living in Greene's hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Greene recorded conversations he had with his father and with Tibbets, whom Greene met on the morning after the last meal he ever ate with his father.

Groueff, Stephane. Manhattan Project: the Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb. Boston: Little, Brown, 1967. 371 p. Photographs; bibliography; index; endpaper (a map showing sites associated with the Manhattan Project). Central-ST 623.4

Straightforward but engrossing history of the Manhattan Project from its beginnings at the turn of the century in the obscure theories of European scientists to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Hales, Peter Bacon. Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1997. 447 p. Photographs; notes; index. Central-BT 355.25119

The story of what Hales calls "atomic spaces": the three large and nearly 100 small sites created by the Manhattan Engineer District (more commonly known as the Manhattan Project). The focus is on the three large sites: Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, New Mexico. Hales' main interest is in how these sites functioned as places to live and to work, and how the military maintained control over a mixed population of soldiers, scientists, and civilian workers.

Harry S. Truman and the Bomb: a Documentary History. Edited with commentary by Robert H. Ferrell. Worland, WY: High Plains Publishing Company, 1996. 125 p. Photographs; images of documents; bibliography; index. Central-ST, BU, KI 973.918

Transcriptions of memos, press releases, official reports, and entries in President Truman's diary that relate to his decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan.

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. New ed. with final chapter written forty years after the explosion. 196 p. Central-ST, CO, KI, SC, WA 940.5425

Hersey's book was first printed as the entire August 31, 1946 issue of the New Yorker magazine. It followed the lives of six persons living in Hiroshima through one day: August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on that Japanese city. This new edition includes a final chapter that explores what the six were up to forty years after the Bomb changed everything: themselves, the city they lived in, warfare, world politics-- even physics textbooks.

Howes, Ruth and Carolyn L. Herzenberg. Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999. Photographs; list of female employees of the Manhattan Project; chronology; bibliography; index. Central-BT 355.825119

The authors (both working physicists) tracked down more than 300 women employed as scientists, technicians, nurses, and clerical workers (plus a number of WACs) by the Manhattan Engineering District. They interviewed still-living women and put together this history of women's vital contributions to the Manhattan Project and the war effort.

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Thomas A. Pearson
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library

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