Tuesday, February 10, 2009
SHAME, Confessions of the Father of the Neutron Bomb, by Sam Cohen, Xlibris Corporation, 2000. This book cost me $80 but was worth it to see this pioneer of our nuclear weapons program and the inventor of the Neutron Bomb as well as the main proponent for battlefield nuclear weapons speak out. The book is written like he is talking to you over coffee so don't expect a heavily footnoted scholarly piece. This man was there, not only working in developing the Atom Bomb but all through our nuclear race against the Soviets. He makes some bold claims like every president since WWII acting traitorously towards the safety and welfare of the people by their nuclear policies and explains in detail the compassion behind the Neutron Bomb's development after seeing the utter destruction of Seoul, Korea during the conflict there in the early 1950's. He also mocks our intelligence services' competence. Now, he raises the terror level some degrees at the end of the book explaining how Russia probably has baseball sized mini-neutron bombs. He's quirky and irreverent but there is no question that Sam Cohen is foremost a great patriot. This is really an important read for anyone wanting to know what went on in the Cold War.
Posted by Frederick Widdowson