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by Thomas. Powers


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One of the last secrets of World War II is why the Germans failed to build an atomic bomb. I especially liked the concept of Thomas Powers that says in effect "One has to look between the headlines of history and to delve into the "shadow conversations" .

One of the last secrets of World War II is why the Germans failed to build an atomic bomb. those talks that were off the record and were yet recorded in private notes and memos for history and yet reveal the real truth of the situation.

Heisenberg's War book. Full of fascinating characters, deeds of heroic daring. In Heisenberg's War, Thomas Powers tells of the interplay between science and espionage, morality and military necessity, and paranoia and cool logic that marked the German bomb program and the Allied response to it.

In Heisenberg's War, Thomas Powers offers a radically new and . Thomas Powers is the author of "The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard.

In Heisenberg's War, Thomas Powers offers a radically new and convincing explanation - and in doing so reveals for the first time the entire complex fascinating story of the interplay between science and espionage, morality aid military necessity, paranoia and cool logic, that marked the German bomb program and the Allied response to i. An excellent book, Powers covers the whole story in detail while keeping a narrative pace which makes the story engrossing. This is something of an expose, as Powers argues that Heisenberg did indeed.

Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda. Powers makes a compelling argument that one of the main reasons Germany failed to develop the atom bomb was because many German scientists -- especially the best ones -- just weren't very keen about the idea of Hitler having such a weapon. By the way, it's hard to imagine how a feminist perspective would be relevant to this topic.

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Powers is "a great journalistic anthropologist. In possibly the best book ever written about the . Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb. ISBN 978-0-394-51411-6. A, The Man Who Kept the Secrets, Powers took the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of secret intelligence gathering and covert action. was, at least in the early years of the cold war, a tribe as mysterious and exotic as the Great Plains Sioux of the 1870s  .

Powers, an experienced journalist and writer, makes the case that Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg acted to slow down and ultimately block German development of a nuclear weapon during World War II. .

Powers, an experienced journalist and writer, makes the case that Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg acted to slow down and ultimately block German development of a nuclear weapon during World War II, resisting the Nazi regime from within.

In his massive book Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb, Thomas Powers says that Heisenberg, who never became a Nazi and balked at the immorality of building a bomb for Hitler, did what he could to guide "the German atomic bomb effort into a broom closet. But Powers also knows that the evidence is not conclusive and that Heisenberg, who lived until 1976, did little to clear things up. I'm not well informed on this story.

Thomas Powers received the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1971. He is the author of several books, including The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, and most recently the novel The Confirmation. He lives with his family in Vermont. Country of Publication.


Comments: (7)

Halloween
This review isn't about the content (which is great) ... its about the printed volume by Da Capo Press Press (2000), which is sub-par. I might not have noticed except I'd checked out the Little, Brown & Company paperback edition (1993) from the library to see if I needed this book for research. Compared to the De Capo volume, the Little Brown is superior - the text is cleaner, the paper stock is higher quality and is slightly off-which so its easier to read. The printed text in the De Capo volume is a bit odd because its not sharp (more like a 2nd generation photocopy) and the ink level isn't consistent -- in some places its somewhat faded. I'm going to use the library book since its easier on my eyes for reading & return this De Capo volume if I can. As an example of the printing disparity, I scanned a paragraph in each book & made a side by side comparison of the text. Herewith:
elektron
Thank you Thomas Powers.

Without your in depth research and highly logical analysis , few people would have become aware of just what a contribution to the well being of the world that was made by this one greatest of all heroes, Werner Heisenberg.

I especially liked the concept of Thomas Powers that says in effect "One has to look between the headlines of history and to delve into the "shadow conversations" i.e. those talks that were off the record and were yet recorded in private notes and memos for history and yet reveal the real truth of the situation. .
One of these conversations was between Dr. Heisenberg and Dr. Neils Bohr . Werner Heisenberg was risking his life to even reveal to this physicist from Denmark that Germany even had a bomb program.at this time. The only realistic intention of Werner Heisenberg at this point was to awaken the West to the dangers that were brewing inside of Germany. . Werner Heisenberg knew that the German scientists could only act stupid for so long. It was time for the Americans and the British to wake up and get started.
When Werner Heisenberg had heard the news on a BBC radio broadcast about the bombing of Hiroshima, some critics have commented "he must have quickly deduced hot to assemble a bomb " as he was telling Otto Hahn the exactly structure and firing order of the bomb. He also, during this secretly taped conversation , told Dr. Hahn the exact revolutions of or the numbers of cycles of fission one could expect from critical mass. (80) This is extremely difficult and highly unlikely if Werner Heisenberg did not know what critical mass was as some have contended.

As for those who suggest that Werner Heisenberg quickly "deduced" how to make the bomb. this idea is dubious unless one can assume that the facilities at Farm Hall , which was . after all, still a prison, had a well stocked research department. The conclusion is apparent and highly logical to state that .indeed Werner Heisenberg acted to save the world from a nuclear holocaust.

Thank you Thomas Powers for an excellent book.
Kifer
A great book for learning not only about the german atomic bomb but about how the scientists were treated in Nazi Germany. Only part thru the book and really enjoying it especially as I actually met one of the scientists Paul Harteck years ago in college.
Coiril
Fascinating history; physics, war, spies and even baseball. Best mystery, intrigue, reality novel of all time
Umor
The authors thesis has been completely disproven and had little real evidence to support it, but if you know all about that and Heisenberg's post war obsfucationhs then you can ignore those parts and focus on the more factual based research contained within. The problem wasn't what the author put in, but the truly damning evidence he left out. For that, read Serving the Reich by Philip Ball, which includes the revelations Heisenberg had completely miscalculated what it would take to make a bomb. He didn't delay or act nobly, he was just incompetent as a project manager and preferred to focus on what he wanted to focus on.
Gelgen
Outstanding source for understanding the human dynamics of the race to build the atomic bomb.
MrDog
If you are interested in scientific history this book is a must
A very detailed and interesting story. It covered the human interplay in building the a bomb in a fascinating way. A very good read.
HEISENBERG'S WAR: The Secret History of the German Bomb. download epub
Europe
Author: Thomas. Powers
ISBN: 0140235809
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books,; New Ed edition (1994)
Pages: 624 pages