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A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS OF USING ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 1940 - 1945 by  H.D Smyth - 1945 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS OF USING ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 1940 - 1945

by Smyth, H.D

Condition: Original cream textured stapled wrappers. "Release for Publication on" lithographed on upper wrapper. Light spotting t


[Washington, D.C.]: [Government Printing Office], 1945. With graphs and tables. [198 pp]. Lithoprint. 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches. Original cream textured stapled wrappers. "Release for Publication on" lithographed on upper wrapper. Light spotting to wrappers. In quarter black morocco clamshell case with gilt lettering to spine. With graphs and tables. [198 pp]. Lithoprint. 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches. Rare 1945 lithoprint. Published only days after American attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this report is a "remarkably full and candid account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the American-directed but internationally recruited team of physicists... which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb." (PMM) Henry DeWolf Smyth, a consultant on the Manhattan Project who also served as the chairman of Princeton University's Department of Physics, composed this first official record of the creation of the atom bomb with the intention of educating the American public about the unprecedented scientific and technological advances that the Manhattan Project scientists had achieved since 1940. "The ultimate responsibility for our nation's policy rests on its citizens," he writes in the report's preface, "and they can discharge such responsibilities wisely only if they are informed." The report was necessarily limited in scope due to the classified nature of many of the details of the atomic bomb's ultimate design. It therefore focuses primarily on basic problems of nuclear physics, which nevertheless were remarkable enough to the general public at the time of publication to render the Smyth Report a bestseller: It sold almost 127,000 copies in its first eight printings, and remained on the New York Times bestseller list from mid-October 1945 to late-January 1946. The report also provided information about the development of the atomic bomb project, including some details about the then-secret laboratories and production sites at Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington. This copy of the report is the pre-publication issue released to the press on August 12, 1945. It was printed on mimeograph machines in the offices of the War Department. The report was first published by the War Department, and later by Princeton University Press when demand surpassed the Department's printing capacity. This pre-publication issue differs in certain small ways from Princeton's final version. Most notably, a sentence alluding to a "poisoning" effect in the production reactors was removed for security reasons; ironically, this may only have emphasized its potential interest to Soviet scientists. Printing and the Mind of Man 422e; Norman 1962; Coleman 37; Laudamus 0425



  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 313997
  • Title: A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS OF USING ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 1940 - 1945
  • Author: Smyth, H.D
  • Format/binding:With graphs and tables. [198 pp]. Lithoprint. 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches
  • Book condition: Used - Original cream textured stapled wrappers. "Release for Publication on" lithographed on upper wrapper. Light spotting t
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Publisher: [Government Printing Office]
  • Place: [Washington, D.C.]
  • Date published: 1945
  • Keywords: Military | World War II | Atomic Energy | Sets
  • Bookseller catalogs: History, Travel & Geography; Sets & Fine Bindings; Science;


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