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Books and Websites on the Manhattan Project

General History

The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians – Cynthia C. Kelly (editor), Richard Rhodes (introduction)

The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Richard Rhodes

Atomic Energy for Military Purposes: The Official Report – Henry DeWolf Smyth

Manhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb – Stephane Groueff

The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb – Jeff Hughes

The 509th Remembered – Robert and Amelia Krauss

Atomic Energy Newsletter – website managed by Jeff Sherman

Alsos: Digital Library for Nuclear Issues – website managed by Frank Settle (08/2019: “We regret that the ALSOS Digital Library for Nuclear Issues site has been forced to close due to security issues. It has been a reliable source for vetted, indexed references for the past 19 years. We are working on archiving its contents in a format that can be made available to the public. -Frank Settle, Director” The Library of Congress holds a copy.)

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex Map – managed by the Alsos Digital Library

Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog – Alex Wellerstein

Learn about nuclear energy – – website of Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets’s grandson, General Paul W. Tibbets IV

The Neutron’s Long Shadow: Legacies of Nuclear Explosives Production in the Manhattan Project – Martin Miller

Manhattan Project in New Mexico

A Guide to the Manhattan Project in New Mexico – Atomic Heritage Foundation

Children of Los Alamos: An Oral History of the Town Where the Atomic Age Began – Katrina Mason

Critical Assembly: A Technical History of Los Alamos – Lillian Hoddeson

Los Alamos Beginning of an Era: 1943-1945 – LANL Public Relations

Quads, Shoeboxes and Sunken Living Rooms: A History of Los Alamos Housing – Craig Martin

Tales of Los Alamos: Life on the Mesa – Bernice Brode

The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos – Peggy Pond Church

In the Shadow of Los Alamos: Selected Writings of Edith Warner – Edith Warner, Patrick Burns

Standing By and Making Do: Women of Wartime Los Alamos – Charlotte Serber, Jane Wilson

Los Alamos Revisited: A Workers’ History – Peter Malmgren, Kay Matthews

Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium –

Manhattan Project in Tennessee

A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee – Atomic Heritage Foundation

City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946 – Charles W. Johnson

Horse Power to Nuclear Power – Donald Trauger

Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II – Denise Kiernan

Manhattan Project in Washington State

A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State – Atomic Heritage Foundation

On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site – Michele Gerber

Keep Your Ducks in a Row! The Manhattan Project Hanford, Washington – C.E. Anderson

Other Manhattan Project Sites

A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Manhattan – Atomic Heritage Foundation

Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project – Peter Bacon Hales


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer – Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Brotherhood of the Bomb : The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence and Edward Teller – Gregg Herken

Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove – Peter Goodchild

Gatekeeper to Los Alamos: Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin – Nancy Cook Steeper

General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb – Frank Settle

Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, Man Behind the Bomb – William Lanouette

J. Robert Oppenheimer: And the American Century – David Cassidy

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds – Peter Goodchild

James B. Conant: Harvard to Hiroshima and the Making of the Nuclear Age – James G. Hershberg

Judging Edward Teller: A Closer Look at One of the Most Influential Scientists of the Twentieth Century – Istvan Hargittai

Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma – Jeremy Bernstein

Racing for the Bomb: General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project’s Indispensable Man – Robert S. Norris

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) – Richard P. Feynman

The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces: From Hitler’s Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Robert O. Harder

Wilhelm’s way : the inspiring story of the Iowa chemist who saved the Manhattan Project – Teresa Wilhelm Waldof


Atoms in the Family: My Life With Enrico Fermi – Laura Fermi

Now It Can Be Told: The Story of the Manhattan Project – Leslie Groves

Brighter than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists – Robert Jungk

Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project – D. Leah Steinberg

The Plutonium Story: The Journals of Professor Glenn T. Seaborg 1939-1946 – Glenn T. Seaborg, Ronald L. Kathren, Jerry B. Gough

Women and the Manhattan Project

Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II – Denise Kiernan

Gatekeeper to Los Alamos: Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin – Nancy Cook Steeper

Standing By and Making Do: Women of Wartime Los Alamos – Charlotte Serber, Jane Wilson

The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel – TaraShea Nesbit

A History of Women in Science 

The Decision to use the Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Prompt & Utter Destruction: Truman and the use of Atomic Bombs against Japan – J. Samuel Walker

Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan – Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb – Gar Alperovitz

The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan – Wilson D. Miscamble

Hiroshima – John Hersey

Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath – Paul Ham

Atomic Bomb – Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Mark Selden, Kyoko I. Selden and Robert Jay Lifton

The Fall of Japan – William Craig

Japan’s Secret War: Japan’s Race Against Time to Build Its Own Atomic Bomb – Robert Wilcox

Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 – Waldo Heinrichs & Marc Gallicchio

Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath – Paul Ham

Atomic Programs in Germany and the Soviet Union

Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb – Thomas Powers

Hitler’s Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall – Jeremy Bernstein

Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy 1939-1956 – David Holloway


Bombshell: The Secret Story of America’s Unknown Atomic Spy Conspiracy – Joseph Albright

Klaus Fuchs, Atom Spy – Robert Chadwell Williams

Harry Gold: A Novel – Millicent Dillon

Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History: Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project – Nigel West

The Invisible Harry Gold – Allen M. Hornblum

Klaus Fuchs: The Man Who Stole the Atom Bomb – Norman Moss

The Alsos Mission – Boris T. Pash

In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies – Howard Blum

The Hydrogen Bomb and Nuclear Testing during the Cold War

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb – Richard Rhodes

The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller, and the Super-bomb – Herbert F. York

Hells’ Fire: A History of the Atomic and Thermonuclear Weapons Programs, From Hiroshima to the Cold War and the War on Terror – Lenny Flank

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Specters of the Nuclear Age – Martin Miller