THE NATION: Distorted Commentary

A motion picture of the March 1 thermonuclear-bomb test in mid-Pacific arrived last week in Washington. Those who watched a top-secret screening were impressed by the horrendous blast, and even more impressed by the voice of the scientist-commentator on the sound track.

As the blast reached out with a force three times greater than the estimates, the scientist's running commentary was audibly distorted by surprise and fear.

The same understandable sort of sur prise and fear distorted much of the commentary on the bomb through the Western world last week. President Eisenhower kept...

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