Review – The Manhattan Project by Al Cimino

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this book – it is a generally well-written primer on the topic of the Manhattan Project, which was the scientific effort during the second world war to research, and build the atomic bomb which was ultimately responsible for bringing the war to an end.

I was slightly disappointed when I saw the size of this book, as I have read much more comprehensive works which cover the same subject in a lot more detail. While Cimino does a competent job of touching on the major development milestones throughout the process, I really felt that he had dehumanised a lot of the story. He has chosen to focus on the two leaders of the project – General Groves, and Robert Oppenheimer – but I felt like he only paid lip service to many of the scientists who were involved.

As I said before, this is a good introductory piece to the Manhattan Project, and is suitable for people with a passing interest in the topic, but for people with either a deeper interest in the historical and scientific repercussions of the atomic bomb, they may wish to look elsewhere.

3/5 stars

The Manhattan Project by Al CImino

The Manhattan Project by Al CImino

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