THE ATOM: The H-Bomb Delay

More than a year ago, two Washington reporters, piecing together many fragments from the public record of the hydrogen bomb's history, concluded that: 1) there had been unnecessary delays in the construction of this weapon; 2) part of the delay had been traceable to opposition to the building of an H-bomb; 3) this opposition was not merely technical, but was associated with deep intragovernmental dissension, confusion and indecision over general weapons policy; 4) these struggles, in turn, have been bound up with larger conflicts about the strategic, political and moral aspects of the...

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