How Hitler almost got the atom bomb. A block-buster . . . brilliant and important.
Robert Pitman, The Sunday Express
"THE AUTHOR tells his absorbing tale with a pace that reminds one of a detective story. The race to make a reactor critical reads better than any thriller. It should be read by historians, scientists and all concerned with the role of science and technology in the present century."
WAS a long time coming, but
when it came it was all that I said it would be. As long ago
as August 6 last year in XV to Follow, of
HOUSE by David Irving (50s,
Kimber, Jan 30), I said, 'The only reason, I suspect, that
it isn't possible to announce serial rights being brought in
this staggeringly sensational war book is that the
typescript is still with the Authorities. But depend on it,
some circulation-seeking sheet will pounce, when the time
comes. . . A rare behind the scenes story, this, bristling
with details of intrigue and (on the part of the SOE) much
bravery. Author Irving, one of the world's great
investigators when it comes to undercover matters, has
written the autumn's most revealing war book beyond all
THE VIRUS HOUSE
under the banner headline
HOW THE GERMANS
BUNGLED THE BOMB. And if it
doesn't help stop the drift of the paper's sales (now around
641,000) since the launch, nothing will.
A model of accurate and penetrating scholarship. The author is equally at home whether he is discussing details of reactor physics or describing the heroic exploits of the Norwegian saboteurs who destroyed the heavy-water plant at Rjukan ... the world was saved from a new Dark Age by the failure of the German scientists so brilliantly described in The German Atomic Bomb.
-- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
I read it with great interest and learned from it a great many facts of which I was not aware before. The book presents a very informative and well-documented account of the German effort in nuclear research during the war and of the circumstances responsible for its failure...
-- BRUNO ROSSI Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A fascinating and meticulously documented account of the German attempt to manufacture an atomic bomb in the Second World War.
-- THE NEW YORKER
A scholarly and absorbing book. Mr. Irving has interviewed all the surviving authorities and has made good and methodical use of unpublished papers in Germany and the United States. It is clear that he has documented all his important statements of fact; it soon becomes clear that he also has an admirable acquaintance with the principles of nuclear physics and a gift for conveying these easily to the uninterested reader. He has already shown in The Destruction of Dresden and The Mare's Nest, on the German V-weapons, a mastery of easy narrative style.
-- THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, LONDON
Irving's account cannot be praised too highly. Those readers who might be lost by the scientific aspects that he relates in great detail will still find The German Atomic Bomb a fascinating and rewarding story. In fact, his harrowing tale of the Allied Commando raids on the Germans' heavy-water plant in Norway stands out as one of the great stories of World War II, and by itself justifies a reading of this valuable book.
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE