"The Making of the Atomic Bomb"
by Richard Rhodes
Simon and Schuster, 1986
A definitive history of the bomb. Thanks to Charles Neff for suggesting this book.
by Richard Rhodes
The story of the hydrogen bomb, the most powerful weapon ever created, including details about the Russians' acquisition of the H-bomb. Thanks to Charles Neff for suggesting this book.
To Defend and Deter: The Legacy of the United States Cold War Missile Program
USACERL Special Report 97/01
by John C. Lonnquest and David F. Winkler
November 1996, Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, Cold War Project
A thorough history, with detailed descriptions of missile systems and sites, and lots of references. Thanks to Dr. Martin K. Gordon, Historian, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for recommending this title.
U.S. Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History
by Chuck Hansen
Loaded with details about nuclear-weapons physics, the history of U.S. weapons development, warhead design, nuclear tests, details about weapons in present and past stockpiles, and delivery systems.
Books about Robert Hanssen
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew, with Annette Lawrence Drew
[hardcover] Public Affairs Press, 1998, ISBN 1-891-62008-8
[paperback] Harperperennial Library, 1999, ISBN 0-061-03004-X
How submariners accomplished risky secret missions in the Cold War, including the tapping of Soviet undersea cables
The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB
by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin
Basic Books, 1999
Details of the KGB's activities, from secret documents smuggled out of the agency's archives
by William E. Burrows
Berkley Books, 1986
The history and amazing capabilities of America's spy satellites, and their role in national security
America's Secret Eyes in Space: The U.S. Keyhole Spy Satellite Program
by Jeffrey T. Richelson
Harper & Row, 1990
Another excellent book on overhead reconnaissance technologies and programs
The Puzzle Palace
by James Bamford
Penguin Books, 1982
Inside the super-secret National Security Agency
The Story of Telecommunications
by George P. Oslin
Mercer University Press, 1992
Chapter 20, "Microwaves, Private Wires, and National Defense", is the most relevant to the Cold War, but the entire book is recommended for its account of the technical, financial, and regulatory aspects of telecommunications from the early days of the telegraph.
The Invention that Changed the World
by Robert Buderi
ISBN 0-684-83529-0 (paperback) 0-684-81021-2 (hardcover)
The story of the development of radar, and radar's role in national defense
by Ben Rich
The story of the Lockheed "Skunk Works", home of the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes and the F-117 "Stealth" fighter. Thanks to Charles Neff for suggesting this book.
by Daniel Ford
by William Arkin and Richard Fieldhouse
Strategic Command and Control: Redefining the Nuclear Threat
by Bruce G. Blair
The Brookings Institution, 1985
ISBN 0-8157-0981-2-X (0-8157-0981-1 paperback)
The Command and Control of Nuclear Forces
by Paul J. Bracken
Yale University Press, 1983
by Bill Gulley with Mary Ellen Reese
Simon and Schuster
Stories and details from inside the White House, including information about plans for responding to a nuclear attack. Mr. Gulley was administrator, and then Director, of the White House Military Office from 1966 to 1977, under presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter.
Nuclear War in the 1980s
compiled by Christopher Chant and Ian Hogg
Nomad Publishers Ltd., 1983
ISBN 0-06-105196-X (hardcover) 0-06-091079-8 (paperback)
An overview of the political, military, and technical issues of nuclear war; includes many helpful illustrations and graphics
The Language of Nuclear War: An Intelligent Citizen's Dictionary
by Eric Semler, James Benjamin, and Adam Gross
Harper & Row, 1987
A comprehensive reference defining for the words and phrases associated with nuclear war.
Waiting for the End of the World
by Richard Ross
Princeton Architectural Press, 2004
Photographs of survival shelters around the world. Thanks to Paul Ceruzzi for suggesting this book.
The Day After World War III
by Edward Zuckerman
The Viking Press, 1984
Nuclear War: Opposing Viewpoints
edited by Bonnie Szumski
Greenhaven Press, 1985
ISBN 0-89908-353-6 (paperback) 0-89908-378-1 (hardcover)
A collection of 32 thought-provoking essays on nuclear war topics:
- How would nuclear war begin?
- Would humanity survive a nuclear war?
- Will civil defense work?
- Will nuclear arms agreements work?
- Can space weapons reduce the risk of nuclear war?
... plus supplementary material
American Forces in Berlin 1945-1994: Cold War Outpost
by Robert P. Grathwol and Donita M. Moorhus
1994, Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, Cold War Project
An outstanding introduction to the Cold War's front line. The concise, well-organized text tells the story of this important place and time, highlighting the human aspects of its subject. The book features excellent graphics and a selection of evocative photographs. Thanks to Dr. Martin K. Gordon, Historian, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for recommending this title.
The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963
by Michael R. Beschloss
Edward Burlingame Books (HarperCollins Publishers), 1991
Updated on June 29, 2004 at 21:55 by Albert LaFrance