• Restricted Data

  • The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States
  • By: Alex Wellerstein
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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By: Alex Wellerstein
Narrated by: John McLain
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The American atomic bomb was born in secrecy. From the moment scientists first conceived of its possibility to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and beyond, there were efforts to control the spread of nuclear information and the newly discovered scientific facts that made such powerful weapons possible. The totalizing scientific secrecy that the atomic bomb appeared to demand was new, unusual, and very nearly unprecedented. It was foreign to American science and American democracy - and potentially incompatible with both. From the beginning, this secrecy was controversial, and it was always contested. The atomic bomb was not merely the application of science to war, but the result of decades of investment in scientific education, infrastructure, and global collaboration. If secrecy became the norm, how would science survive?

Drawing on troves of declassified files, including records released by the government for the first time through the author's efforts, Restricted Data traces the complex evolution of the US nuclear secrecy regime from the first whisper of the atomic bomb through the mounting tensions of the Cold War and into the early 21st century. A compelling history of powerful ideas at war, it tells a story that feels distinctly American: rich, sprawling, and built on the conflict between high-minded idealism and ugly, fearful power. 

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Liberal TrIpe

This book is not really worth the effort to listen to. I way too much information on what is actually a quite small subject restricted data. I was in the business for 10 years, had clearance, etc. he really doesn’t know anything and his conclusions, well, look at what we’ve done with it, no more explosions just tripe.

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Great historical primer on classification

Worth using in a military or policies studies class. Covers many areas of the modern human experience

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Deep dive into nuclear clarification

Very detailed, in-depth study of classification as regards nuclear weapons and the resulting interplay between government, industry, academia, the military, and foreign countries. This will be of interest to anyone involved in the nuclear enterprise or the security bureaucracy.