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Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers
by Nick McCamley 
(Hardcover)

Blood and Water : Sabotaging Hitler's Bomb
Dan Kurzman
Listed under Scandinavia_WW2

The Day Man Lost Hiroshima, 6 August 1945
by Pacific War Research Society
Listed under Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Einstein's German World
by Fritz Richard Stern
Listed under German Resistance to Hitler

The Doomsday Scenario: How America Ends
by L. Douglas Keeney, Douglas L. Keeney 
(Hardcover)

India's Nuclear Bomb : The Impact on Global Proliferation (Philip E. Lilienthal Book)
by George Perkovich
(Hardcover)

Jane's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense
Listed under Jane's Military Books

The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword: The Rise and Fall of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces, 1945-2000
by Steven J. Zaloga, Steve Zaloga
(Hardcover)
 

100 Suns
100 Suns
by Michael Light
Book Description: Between July 1945 and November 1962 the United States is known to have conducted 216 atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests. After the Limited Test Ban Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1963, nuclear testing went underground. It became literally invisibleâ€but more frequent: the United States conducted a further 723 underground tests, the last in 1992. 100 Suns documents the era of visible nuclear testing, the atmospheric era, with one hundred photographs drawn by Michael Light from the archives at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. National Archives in Maryland. It includes previously classified material from the clandestine Lookout Mountain Air Force Station based in Hollywood, whose film directors, cameramen and still photographers were sworn to secrecy.

The title, 100 Suns, refers to the response by J.Robert Oppenheimer to the world's first nuclear explosion in New Mexico when he quoted a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, the classic Vedic text: â€If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One . . . I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.†This was Oppenheimer's attempt to describe the otherwise indescribable. 100 Suns likewise confronts the indescribable by presenting without embellishment the stark evidence of the tests at the moment of detonation. Since the tests were conducted either in Nevada or the Pacific the book is simply divided between the desert and the ocean. Each photograph is presented with the name of the test, its explosive yield in kilotons or megatons, the date and the location. The enormity of the events recorded is contrasted with the understated neutrality of bare data. Interspersed within the sequence of explosions are pictures of the awestruck witnesses. 

The evidence of these photographs is terrifying in its implication while at same time profoundly disconcerting as a spectacle. The visual grandeur of such imagery is balanced by the chilling facts provided at the end of the book in the detailed captions, a chronology of the development of nuclear weaponry and an extensive bibliography. A dramatic sequel to Michael Light's Full Moon, 100 Suns forms an unprecedented historical document.
Hardcover from Knopf

 
One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture
by Kenneth D. Rose
(Hardcover)

Nuclear Rites : A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War
by Hugh Gusterson
(Paperback)

Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
by Tom Vanderbilt
Book Description: The Cold War was the war that never happened. Nonetheless, it spurred the most significant buildup of military contingency this country has ever known: from the bunkers of Greenbrier, West Virginia, to the "proving grounds" of Nevada, where entire cities were built only to be vaporized. The Cold War was waged on a territory that knew no boundaries but left few traces. 

In this fascinating--and at turns frightening and comical--travelogue to the hidden battlefields of the Cold War, Tom Vanderbilt travels the Interstate (itself a product of the Cold War) to uncover the sites of Cold War architecture and reflect on their lasting heritage. 

In the process, Vanderbilt shows us what the Cold War landscape looked like, how architecture tried to adapt to the threat of mass destruction, how cities coped with the knowledge that they were nuclear targets, and finally what remains of the Cold War theater today, both its visible and invisible legacies. Ultimately, Vanderbilt gives us a deep look into our cultural soul, the dreams and fears that drove us for the last half of the 20th century. 
Hardcover from Princeton Architectural Press

 

Titan II : A History of a Cold War Missile Program
by David K. Stumpf, Jay W. Kelley
Hardcover: 376 pages
Univ of Arkansas Pr; ISBN: 1557286019; 
 
Life After Doomsday : A Survivalist Guide to Nuclear War and Other Major Disasters
by Bruce D. Clayton
(Paperback - May 1992)

Nuclear Weapons
by William Lambers
(Paperback)

Israel and the Bomb
by Avner Cohen
(Paperback)

The Myths of August : A Personal Exploration of Our Tragic Cold War Affair With the Atom
by Stewart L. Udall
(Paperback)

Megawatts and Megatons: A Turning Point in the Nuclear Age
by Richard L. Garwin, Georges Charpak
Listed under Nuclear Engineering

The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
Listed under The Manhatten Project

Nuclear War Survival Skills : Updated and Expanded 1987 Edition
by Cresson H. Kearny 
(Paperback)
Special Order

ROCKET AND THE REICH : PEENEMUNDE AND THE COMING OF THE BALLISTIC MISSILE ERA
by Michael Neufeld
Listed under Nazi Secret Weapons

Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces
by P. L. Podvig (Editor)
Hardcover: 620 pages
MIT Press; ISBN: 0262162024; 1st edition (November 1, )

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate Renewed, Second Edition
by Scott D. Sagan, Kenneth N. Waltz
Paperback from W.W. Norton & Company

 

Waiting for the End of the World
by Richard Ross
Book Description: Where will you go when the trouble starts? For countless people around the world, the answer is that bomb shelter down in the basement. In fact, people from around the work have been building shelters to protect themselves from catastrophe -- natural disaster, war, nuclear events -- for centuries. Waiting for the End of the World is photographer Richard Ross's journey into this quirky, somewhat paranoid, and occasionally beautiful underground world. Ross has documented not only the bomb shelters of the United States, but also examples from Vietnam, Russia, England, Turkey, and even Switzerland, where citizens are required by law to have a bomb shelter. Ross's subjects include the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, where a shelter was built to house the entire U.S. Congress, shelters in Beijing, where the Chinese built a complete city underground, and Hittite shelters in Eastern Turkey built some 4,000 years ago. His ethereal images show spaces that at once provide only the barest necessities for survival but maintain a level of idiosyncratic personality that testify to the endurance -- and wackiness -- of the human spirit. Waiting for the End of the World features an interview by author and social commentator Sarah Vowell. 
Paperback from Princeton Architectural Press
 
The Coming Nuclear War
by Dr. Helen Caldicott
(Hardcover)
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Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll
by James P. Delgado
(Hardcover)
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