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Bethe, Hans, The Road from Los Alamos, Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Blair, Bruce G., Feiveson, Harold A., von Hippel, Frank N., "Taking Nuclear Weapons off Hair-Trigger Alert," Scientific American, November 1997 (available on-line at:

Cohen, Avner, Israel and the Bomb, Columbia University Press, 1998.

Gaddis, John Lewis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History, Clarendon Press, 1997.

Goncharov, German A., "Milestones in the History of Hydrogen Bomb Construction in the Soviet Union and the United States," Physics Today, November 1996 (available on-line at:

Herken, Gregg The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950 Knopf, 1980

Hersey, John, Hiroshima, Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

Holloway, David, Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy 1939-1956, Yale University Press, 1994.

Kaplan, Fred, The Wizards of Armageddon, Stanford University Press, 1991.

LeMay, Curtis with Kantor, MacKinlay, Mission with LeMay: My Story, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965.

Lifton, Robert Jay, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, Random House, 1967.

McEnaney, Laura, Civil Defense Begins at Home: The Militarization of Cold War Political Culture, Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

Paret, Peter (Editor), Makers of Modern Strategy, Princeton University Press, 1986.

Poundstone, William, Prisoner's Dilemma, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1992.

Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Rhodes, Richard, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Rosenberg, David Alan, "A Smoking Radiating Ruin at the End of Two Hours: Documents on American Plans for Nuclear War with the Soviet Union, 1954-1955," International Security, Winter 1981/1982 (Vol. 6, No. 3).

Sakharov, Andrei, Memoirs, Vintage Books, 1992.

Schwartz, Stephen I. (Editor), Atomic Audit: The Cost and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940, The Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

Teller, Edward with Brown, Allen, The Legacy of Hiroshima, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962.

York, Herbert F., The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller, and the Superbomb, Stanford University Press, 1989.

Zubok, Vladislav and Pleshakov, Constantine, Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev, Harvard University Press, 1996.

Web sites

US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Cold War International History Project

National Security Archives

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nevada Test Site

Recently declassified government films about the nuclear testing program can be ordered on this Department of Energy website.

Scientific American

Original documents about President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japanese cities at the Truman Presidential Library archives.

Bikini Atoll

This site to read the Acheson-Lilienthal report.

Andrei Sakharov Foundation

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