New York: Independent Book Associates, (1945). First printing. Black and white photographic illustrations. Pictorial wraps. Quarto. 32 pages. Text pages browned, booklet has been folded in quarters at some point, with resultant creases. Minor extremity rubs, a short separation to covers at mid-spine. That said, the booklet remains reasonably sound and does not feel particularly fragile. Good condition overall, with the illustrated covers still bright and striking.
Scarce and hastily produced booklet published shortly after the atomic bombings of Japan in 1945. It provides a brief history of the development of nuclear physics and the Manhattan Project, as well as an explanation of the basic principles and effects of atomic weapons.
Includes a full page photographic portrait of Austrian physicist Dr. Lise Meitner, whose research first indicated that a bomb was a practical possibility. She fled to Sweden as a refugee from Hitler in 1938.
There are photographs of other scientists, including Robert J. Oppenheimer, as well as an aerial photograph on rear cover keyed to show specific areas of destruction in Hiroshima. One photograph shows a Japanese cyclotron in Tokyo, prompting the question of how close Japan may have been to their own atomic bomb.
An uncommon atomic bomb artifact from weeks after the end of World War II, and what a great cover!
OCLC notes 9 holdings.