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Bomb : South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Programme (Paperback) (Nic Von Wielligh)

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South Africa's Bomb kept the world guessing for years. Six-and-a-half nuclear bombs had been secretly built and destroyed, former South African President F.W. de Klerk announce in 1993. No other country has ever voluntarily destroyed its nuclear arsenal. From 1975 Nic von Wielligh was involved in the production of nuclear weapons material, the dismantling of the nuclear weapons and the provision of evidence of South Africa's bona fides to the international community. The international Atomic Energy Agency declared South arica's Initial Report to be the most comprehensive and professional that they had ever received. In this book the nuclear physicist and his daughter Lydia von Wielligh-Steyn tell the gripping story of the splitting of the atom and the power it realizes. It is an account of groundbreaking research and the scientists responsible; it deals with uranium enrichment, the arms race and South Afria's secret program. "The Bomb: South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Programme" is a story of nuclear explosions, espionage, smuggling of nuclear materials and swords that became ploughshares. "The only comprehensive work so far on South Africa's part in this historic subject that has been turned into a thoroughly readable story." - Prof. Waldo Stumpf, formerly CEO South African Atomic Energy Corporation.

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“Early in the 1990’s former South African President F.W. de Klerk spilled the beans: South Africa had built six nuclear bombs since 1980 and was working on a seventh one. “The Bomb” tells the history of South Africa’s nuclear programme, written by nuclear physicist Nic von Wielligh, who was involved in this project since 1975, and also managed the termination thereof. He is assisted by his clearly talented daughter Lydia. Being factually correct, and written objectively (albeit with a touch of understandable pride concerning the South African achievements before and after the decision to dismantle the programme) add value to the book. At least it shows that there were some aspects of the old South Africa to be proud of. “The Bomb” belongs to the bookshelf of anyone interested in what happened behind the scenes in South Africa before 1990”. -- Leopold Scholtz, Media24

“The Bomb” is an insider account of the South African nuclear weapons program written by Nic von Wielligh, a nuclear physicist who worked for the South African Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC). He was intimately involved in the nuclear weapons program and held a high-ranking position at the AEC. The book is co-authored by his daughter Lydia von Wielligh-Steyn. It has the advantage of having been written by an insider who possesses knowledge that could not be gained through documents or interviews. This is precisely the book’s major strength: other accounts tell what happened, but Nic von Wielligh goes a step further and illuminates how certain things happened, adding anecdotes when appro
Number of Pages: 55016.0
Genre: Political Science, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Nic Von Wielligh
Language: English
Street Date: July 27, 2016
TCIN: 51741786
UPC: 9781920188481
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-8212

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