Michael Joseloff (Tunisia 1967-69) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning TV news and documentary producer. While working as a producer for the MacNeil Lehrer Newshour
in 1993, he worked on a program related to alleged Soviet espionage during the Manhattan Project. This piqued his interest in the development of the atomic bomb. Joseloff ultimately learned that several Manhattan Project scientists had been friends with Werner Heisenberg, chief architect of Germans’s atom bomb program before the war. Their story of friends turned bitter rivals led him to write Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb
“Voices of the Manhattan Project” is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families.
Reviewed by Denis Nolan (Ethiopia 1964-66)
This book is mesmerizing. I could not put it down. It is the story of the race between the United States and Germany to develop an atom bomb, from the time when the key figures worked together before the war to the final stages of World War II and the eventual dropping of two quite different bombs. It reads more like a novel than a factual account of history, with the personalities and lives of the men involved interwoven with the actual events. Joseloff has done his research well, and he weaves a remarkable story about the three different approaches taken and the fear of failure that drove the participants to near breakdowns at times. He is an excellent writer and he brings the complex world of nuclear physics down to an understandable level for the reader. I cannot recommend this book too highly, for you will come away with knowledge and enjoyment and a new view of history that you never expected.