(updated 18 August 2007)
Bibliography for 
MEANS OF DESTRUCTION (1936-1990)
 
Thomas J. Misa 
Charles Babbage Institute 
University of Minnesota 
Minneapolis MN 55455  

Table of Contents

I. Chronology and Topics
  1. Germany and World War II 
  2. Atomic and Nuclear Weapons 
  3. Military Microelectronics 
  4. Soviet Union and Cold War 


Germany and World War II


Herf, Jeffrey. Reactionary modernism: technology, culture, and politics in Weimar and the Third Reich.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984

Renneberg, Monika, and Mark Walker (eds.).  1994.  Science, Technology and National Socialism.  Cambridge Univ. Press. <NG>

Walker, Mark.  German national socialism and the quest for nuclear power, 1939-1949.  Cambridge/New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Atomic and Nuclear Weapons

"The Atomic Age at 50" Technology Review (August 1995) special issue.

Drell, Sidney D.  1993.  In the shadow of the bomb: physics and arms control.  New York: American Institute of Physics.

Fermi, Rachel and Esther Samra. 1995.  Picturing the bomb: photographs from the secret world of the Manhattan Project.  New York: H.N. Abrams.

Gray, Colin S.  1981.  The MX, ICBM, and national security.  New York: Praeger.

Groueff, Stephane.  1967.  Manhattan Project: the untold story of the making of the atomic bomb.  Boston: Little, Brown.

Groves, Leslie R.  1962.  Now it can be told: the story of the Manhattan Project.  New York, Harper.

Hewlett, Richard G. and Oscar E. Anderson Jr.  1962.  A History of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, vol. 1: The New World [1939-1946].  Washington: Government Printing Office.

Hewlett, Richard G. and Jack M. Holl.  Atoms for peace and war, 1953-1961: Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Hughes, Thomas P.  1998.  Rescuing Prometheus.  Pantheon. [see chapters on SAGE bomber defense, Atlas missile, ARPANET]

Jones, Vincent C.  1985.  Manhattan, the Army and the atomic bomb.  Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, U.S. Army.

Lindee, M. Susan.  1994.  Suffering made real: American science and the survivors at Hiroshima.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

MacKenzie, Donald.  1990.  Inventing Accuracy: A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance.  MIT Press.

Nichols, Kenneth D.  1987.  The Road to Trinity.   New York: Morrow.

Rhodes, Richard.  1986.  The making of the atomic bomb.  New York: Simon & Schuster. [Best discussion of the many facets of the atom bomb project]

Rhodes, Richard.  1995.  Dark sun: the making of the hydrogen bomb.  New York: Simon & Schuster. <NG>

Serber, Robert.  1943/1992.  The Los Alamos primer: the first lectures on how to build an atomic bomb.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. [Based on a set of 5 lectures Serber gave during April 1943 at starting of Los Alamos project.]

Schloming, Gordon Clark.  1987.  American foreign policy and the nuclear dilemma.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

Scoville, Herbert.  1981.  MX: prescription for disaster.  Cambridge: MIT Press.

Truslow, Edith C., Ralph Carlisle Smith, David Hawkins.  1961/1983.  Project Y, the Los Alamos story.  Los Angeles: Tomash Publishers, 1983.  [Reprint. Originally published: Manhattan District history, Project Y, the Los Alamos Project. Los Alamos: Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, University of California, 1961.]
 


Military Microelectronics [see also history of computing bibliography]


Allison, David K.  "U.S. Navy Research and Development since World War II."  Chapter 7 in Merritt Roe Smith (ed.)  Military Enterprise and Technological Change.  MIT Press.

Baum, Claude.  1981.  The System Builders: The Story of SDC.  Santa Monica: System Development Corporation. 

Etzkowitz, Henry and Loet Leydesdorff. 1997. Universities and the global knowledge economy: a triple helix of university-industry-government relations.  London/New York: Pinter.

Everett Mendelsohn, Merritt Roe Smith, Peter Weingart (eds.).  1988. Science, technology, and the military.  Dordrecht/Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Flamm, Kenneth.  1988.  Creating the Computer: Government, Industry and High Technology.  Washtington: Brookings Institution.

Forman, Paul.  1987.  "Behind Quantum Electronics: National Security as Basis for Physical Research in the United States, 1940-1960."  Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences 18: 149-229.

Galison, Peter and Bruce Hevly (eds.).  Big Science: the growth of large-scale research.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992.

Geiger, Roger L.  1993.  Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities since World War II.  Oxford University Press.

Hughes, Thomas P.  1998.  Rescuing Prometheus.  Pantheon. [case studies of SAGE bomber defense, Atlas missile, ARPANET, and Boston's Central Artery projects]

Komons, Nick A.  1966.  Science and the Air Force: A History of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  Arlington: Office of Aerospace Research. 

Leslie, Stuart W.  1993.  The Cold War and American Science: The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex at MIT and Stanford.  New York.  Columbia University Press.

Misa, Thomas J.  "Military Needs, Commercial Realities, and the Development of the Transistor, 1948-1958."  Chapter 6 in Merritt Roe Smith (ed.)  Military Enterprise and Technological Change.  MIT Press.  On-line at <www.stanford.edu/group/mmdd/SiliconValley/MisaT/DevelopTransistor/DevelopTransistor.html> (Oct. 2002)

Noble, David F.  1984.  Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation.  New York: Knopf.

Noble, David F.  1985.  "Command Performance: A Perspective on Military Enterprise and Technological Change."  Chapter 8 in Merritt Roe Smith (ed.)  Military Enterprise and Technological Change.  MIT Press.

Norberg, Arthur, and Judy E. O'Neill.  1996.  Transforming Computer Technology: Information Processing for the Pentagon, 1962-1986.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Rand Corporation.  The Rand Corporation: the first fifteen years.  Santa Monica: The Corporation, 1963. [46 p.]

Redmond, Kent C. and Thomas M. Smith.  1980.  Project Whirlwind: The History of a Pioneer Computer.  Bedford, Mass.: Digital Press.

Roland, Alex.  1985.  "Technology and War: A Bibliographic Essay."  Chapter 9 in Merritt Roe Smith (ed.)  Military Enterprise and Technological Change.  MIT Press.

Sapolsky, Harvey M.  1990.  Science and the Navy: The History of the Office of Naval Research.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Smith, Bruce L. R.  1966.  The RAND Corporation: Case Study of a Non-Profit Advisory Corporation.  Harvard University Press.

Smith, Merritt Roe (ed.). 1985.  Military enterprise and technological change: perspectives on the American experience.  Cambridge: MIT Press.


Soviet Union and Cold War

Markusen, Ann, and Joel Yudken.  1992.  Dismantling the Cold War Economy.  New York Basic Books. <NG>

Relyea, Harold.  1994.  Silencing science: National security controls and scientific communication. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub. 

Sanders, Ralph.  1990.  Arms industries: New suppliers and regional security.  Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press.

Shelton, William.  1968. Soviet Space Exploration. The First Decade. Washington Square Press.

Yergin, Daniel.  1978.  Shattered peace: The origins of the cold war and the national security state.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Young, John W.  1991.  Cold War Europe, 1945-89: A political history.  London: E. Arnold; New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.
 

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