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The Manhattan Project

Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
Length: 29 mins
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Summary

The origins of the atomic bomb go back to 1939, when scientists and military leaders undertook an operation to create the world's first successful atomic weapon before the Nazis could. Investigate how the Manhattan Project began, and follow its legacy through the bombing of two Japanese cities that ended World War II.
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  • treebeard
  • 07-12-18

Very i teresti g

Provides a very good history of the emergence of the Atomic bomb, its use and initial proliferation.

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  • Michael
  • 04-12-18

OK...worth the price (free)

I added a bunch of the free The Great Courses lectures to my reading list.
This was one of them. Overall the lectures were mildly interesting and worth the price (free).
These free lectures are single lectures from longer series of lectures and often refer to other material in other lectures.
All of these were too short to be very useful. These are also all in lecture format (as opposed to book format). For me the lecture format is harder to absorb than book format.

This one briefly covered the Manhattan Project and the creation of the Atom Bomb. This was one of the least interesting of the lectures I tried. There are many interesting stories surrounding the Manhattan project but this lecture was narrow and largely boring.

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  • Mauricio
  • 16-10-18

Entertaining but not enough Manhattan Project

The content is entertaining and discusses the role of the atomic bomb during the war. Less attention is put into the actual members of the Manhattan project and their accomplishments. It is also a bit short, but overall good.