Romeo Atomic Bomb
The Race to Build the Atomic Bomb
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Since these events happened sixty years ago, there has been much photographed and written about the history of the Atomic Bomb.
Included here are links to Books, Videos, CD ROMS and Web Sites.


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Primary Source Documents

Philadelphia Inquirer Announces Atomic Bombing of Japan

Truman's aerial leaflet reassuring the Japanese people that they will not be harmed if their country surrenders.

Atomic Bombing: How to Protect Yourself
a handbook from 1950

Several hours after the destruction of Hiroshima, U.S. President Harry S. Truman, aboard the U.S. cruiser Augusta, announced the use of the top secret weapon - Real Audio File

Web Sites

Photos of Nuclear Explosions

Photos of Scientists, etc.

Photos of Events

QuickTime Movies of Speeches, etc.


Vogel, P. The Last Wave from Port Chicago Published on the Web -

Bernstein, J. and Cassidy, D. Hitler's Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 1995.

Feis, H. The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1966

Groves, L. R. Now It Can Be Told: The Story of the Manhattan Project. Da Capo Press, 1983.

Medawar, J. Hitler's Gift : The True Story of the Scientists Expelled by the Nazi Regime Arcade Publishing, 2001

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

Rhodes, R. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Walker, M. Nazi Science: Myth, Truth, and the German Atomic Bomb. New York: Plenum, 1995.

Teller, E. and Shoolery, J. Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics. Perseus Books, 2001

Herken, G. Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller. Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 2002.

Lanouette, W. Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb University of Chicago Press, 1994

Badash, L. Scientists and the Development of Nuclear Weapons: From Fission to the Limited Test Ban Treaty 1939-1963. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1995.

Videos Tapes

Atomic Detonations in Quicktime

Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Movie

The Atomic Cafe

The Day After Trinity

Atomic Journeys - Welcome to Ground Zero

National Public Radio's "Revisiting the Birth of the Bomb"



Atomic Archive: Enhanced Edition: The History, Science and Consequences of the Nuclear Age

The Day After Trinity J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb

Critical Mass, Corbis Publishing (no longer available, if you have a used copy, please email me)