Critical Mass : How Nazi Germany Surrendered Enriched Uranium for the United Statesa Atomic Bomb
On May 19, 1945, eleven days after the surrender of Nazi Germany in Europe, a U-boat was escorted into Portsmouth Naval Yard, New Hampshire. News reporters covering the surrender of U-234 were ordered, contrary to all previous and later U-boat surrender procedures, to keep their distance from crew members and passengers of U-234, on threat of being shot by the attending Marine guards. Why the tight security? Buried in the nose of the specially-built mammoth boat, sealed in cylinders "lined with gold," was 1,120 pounds of enriched uranium labeled "U235"the fissile material from which atom bombs are made. Critical Mass documents how these Nazi bomb components were then used by the Manhattan Project to complete both the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki, to defeat the Japanese and win World War Two and global domination in the modern age.
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 152 x 228 x 6mm | 368g
- 01 Aug 2016
- Trine Day
- Walterville, United States
- 3rd Third Edition, Third ed.
"The best primary source research I have seen in a long, long time." --Gordon Fowkes, Lt. Colonel, US Army (Ret), University of Houston Military History Symposium
About Carter Plymton Hydrick
Carter Plymton Hydrick has been a professional writer and communicator for over a quarter century. While Critical Mass is his first book, he has written or produced hundreds of scripts, articles, and advertisements, as well as written, produced and directed over 100 film and video productions, including work on feature films. He has served as director of corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company, and as a global marketing executive for one of the world's largest computer companies. He and Kris, his wife of over 40 years, make their home near Houston, Texas. They are the parents of four children and grandparents of 14 at this writing.