Soon after his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy
Commission in 1950, Gordon E. Dean began an office diary composed
primarily of notes from his telephone conversations. The diary
contains Dean's accounts of the mobilization of atomic energy for
the Korean War, the decision to conduct atmospheric nuclear weapons
tests in the U.S., the development and testing of the first
thermonuclear device, the decisions to erect vast plants for the
production of atomic weapons, the Rosenberg atom spy case, and
other critical issues.
Originally published in 1987.
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