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A list of key readings about Nuclear weapon.
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World War II

Since 1945

  • Bundy, McGeorge. Danger and Survival: Choices about the Bomb in the First Fifty Years (1988)
  • Cirincione, Joseph. Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (2007) - 206 pages
  • Cochran, Thomas B., and Robert S. Norris. Making the Russian Bomb: From Stalin to Yeltsin (1994)
  • Croddy, Eric, and James J. Wirtz, eds. Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Encyclopedia of Worldwide Policy, Technology, and History (2 vol 2004), excerpt and text search
  • Gibson, James N. Nuclear Weapons of the United States: An Illustrated History (1996) covers every American nuclear delivery system
  • Hansen, Chuck. US Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History(1988), historical and technical data for every warhead built by the U.S. since 1945.
  • Hewlett, Richard G., Oscar Edward Anderson, Francis Duncan. A History of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (1962) scholarly AEC history
  • Holdstock, Douglas, and Frank Barnaby. The British Nuclear Weapons Programme, 1952-2002 (2003) online edition
  • Holloway, David. Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (1996), 480pp; excerpt and text search
  • Loeber, Charles R. Building The Bombs: A History of the Nuclear Weapons Complex (2004), 262pp, strongest on post-1990
  • Menon, Raja. Weapons of Mass Destruction: Options for India (2004) 308 pages excerpt and text search
  • Norris, Robert S. Norris, Andrew S. Burrows, Richard W. Fieldhouse. British, French, and Chinese Nuclear Weapons (1994) online edition
  • Quester, George H. The Nuclear Challenge in Russia and the New States of Eurasia (1995) 288 pages excerpt and text search
  • Rhodes, Richard. Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1996) excerpt and text search
  • Rotter, Andrew J. Hiroshima: The World's Bomb (2008) excerpt and text search

Image, fiction

  • Bartter; Martha A. The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction (1988) online edition
  • Boyer, Paul. By the Bomb's Early Light, (1985)
  • Broderick, Mick.. Nuclear Movies, (1991)
  • Shapiro, Jerome F. Atomic Bomb Cinema: Apocalyptic Imagination on Film. (2002)


Fission and boosted fission

See discussion and links in the appropriate technical subpage

  • McPhee, John (1994), The Curve of Binding Energy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Sublette, Carey, "4.1 Elements of Fission Weapon Design", Nuclear Weapons Frequently Asked Questions
  • Cote, Owen R., Jr., (1996), "Appendix B: A Primer on Fissile Materials and Nuclear Weapon Design", Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material, CSIA Studies in International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Natarajan, V. (July-August 2000), "Notes on certain technical aspects of P.K.Iyengar's article", Bharat Rakshak Monitor 3 (1)


Salted bombs