Time Bomb

Time BombTIME BOMB: Understanding the Threat of Nuclear Power (with Robert Munroe, William Morrow, 1981) was the first popular book on the history of nuclear weapons and power.

Riveting true stories illustrate the development of nuclear industry.



The publisher’s unwillingness to promote Time Bomb led the authors to do so, resulting in Browne being awarded the Women’s International Writing Guild’s ‘Woman of the Year Award’, presented at the United Nations.

Louis Slotin, young Canadian physicist at the Manhattan Project, pushes with bare hands hemispheres of plutonium toward one another, risking a chain reaction, creating the hearts of the first atomic bombs. Time after time he “tickles the dragon’s tail”, until, one day, his hand slips, he is massively irradiated, and nine days later dies a tortured death.

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