The atomic bomb was both one of the most amazing achievements of science and one of the most horrific creations made by human hands. The Manhattan Project gathered some of the brightest minds of the day to accomplish the creation of a bomb, the likes of which had never been seen in any capacity. In Al Cimino’s The Manhattan Project, readers delve deeper into the reasons for creation of the bomb and the horrific ramifications of its use in Japan.
Al Cimino uses first hand sources to flesh out the details of the book, but is careful to keep the book balanced. The beginning of The Manhattan Project focuses mostly on the great fears of the world during World War II. Einstein wrote a frantic letter to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to have the President receive it only after a wealthy acquaintance insist he take the cautions in the letter seriously. The Axis Powers had begun work on a dangerous weapon and the United States needed to be ahead of enemies in other lands. Gathering the brightest minds of the time, the group worked in various locations in the United States and with the deepest secrecy, though spies did manage to smuggle out some information to the Russia. The book covers how the sites were constructed and the drastic security measures put into place.
The most horrifying part of the The Manhattan Project describes the use of the bombs themselves. Al Cimino uses the descriptions from survivors of the bomb expressing the horrors of what happened during the explosion and the horrific side effects. If the bomb didn’t kill you, the painful injuries or cancer often caught up with you later. I found myself physically ill reading the descriptions of what the bomb did to people in Japan.
The Manhattan Project is now available from Arcturus Digital.