THE ATOM: The Decision L

The decision as to whether the U.S. should make a hydrogen bomb, said Harry Truman, is mine and nobody else's. But there were a lot of people looking over his shoulder, and they seemed remarkably in agreement on how he should play his hand: they wanted the H-bomb-built.

"I am very unhappy," said Dr. Harold Clayton Urey, the Nobel Prizewinning atomic chemist, "to conclude that the hydrogen bomb should be developed and built. I do not think we should intentionally lose the armaments race; to do this will be to lose our liberties, and...

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