To begin with, I would like to say that I really love to read and I have many books, which can be considered as favorites depending on how old I was when I read them. It should be noted that, as a rule, all my favorite books were fiction, but recently, I opened a non-fiction world for me while preparing for the US History class school assignment: the Manhattan Project. In order to cover this topic as accurately as I could I didn’t want to limit my sources only to internet, so I read two books of an American author Richard Rhodes: “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and “Dark Sun”.
It is essential to note that these books impressed me a lot, because the author covered great details about extremely important inventions of the 20th century. Moreover, in these books, Rhodes mentioned not only American scientists, but the Soviet too. It can be said that these books got to me emotionally, because I realized how physics sacrificed their lives in the name of science and progress, because their countries and millions of people all over the world impatiently waited for the conquering of atom. Moreover, this invention had far-reaching consequences. In particular, despite the fact that they were aware of the destructive purposes of the atomic bomb, its invention led to the creation of proton therapy, which nowadays is widely used for treatment of cancer patients.
With these books, Rhodes introduced me not only a history of the creation of the atomic bomb, but also the early history of nuclear weapons in general physics of the 20th century. In my opinion, Rhodes presents his stories with equal elegance and taste, in such detail and so simply – by a language that brings great scientific discoveries and their effects. That is why it can be said that “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and “Dark Sun” by Richard Rhodes are my favorite books.