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    'Trinity' was the codename for the test explosion of the atomic bomb in New Mexico on 16 July 1945. This exceptional book - Trinity - tells the story of the bomb's metaphorical father, Rudolf Peierls; his intellectual son, the atomic spy Klaus Fuchs; and the ghosts of the security services in Britain, the USA and USSR.

    Against the background of pre-war Nazi Germany, the Second World War and the following Cold War, the book traces how Peierls brought Fuchs into his family and his laboratory, only to be betrayed. It describes how Fuchs became a spy, his motivations and the information he passed to his Soviet contacts, both in the UK and after he went with Peierls to join the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1944. Frank Close is himself a distinguished nuclear physicist: uniquely, the book explains the science as well as the spying. Fuchs returned to Britain in August 1946 and became central to the UK's independent effort to develop nuclear weapons. Close describes the febrile atmosphere at Harwell, the nuclear physics laboratory near Oxford, and the charged relationships which developed there and shows how - despite mistakes made by both MI5 and the FBI - the net gradually closed around Fuchs, building an intolerable pressure which finally cracked him.

    The Soviet Union exploded its first nuclear device in August 1949, far earlier than the US or UK expected. In 1951, the US Congressional Committee on Atomic Espionage concluded, 'Fuchs alone has influenced the safety of more people and accomplished greater damage than any other spy not only in the history of the United States, but in the history of nations'. This book is the most comprehensive account yet published of these events and of the tragic figure at their centre.

    ©2019 Frank Close (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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    • Bastler
    • 28/09/2021

    Großartig in mehr als einer Hinsicht

    Klaus Fuchs war nicht nur der Spion, der aus Überzeugung zentrale Geheimnisse des Manhattan Projekts an die Sowjetunion verriet. Er war auch ein bedeutender Physiker und Mathematiker, der wesentliche Beiträge zur Nuklearphysik des 20.Jhd leistete. Die ungemein detailreiche Biographie von Frank Close, selbst Physiker, ist dementsprechend auch eine spannende Spionagelektüre und eine Einführung in die Physik von Kernspaltungs- und Wasserstoffbombe.
    Leider bisher nur auf Englisch, aber dank dem guten Sprecher gut verständlich.