The Berlin Project

The Berlin Project

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"New York Times bestselling author Gregory Benford creates an alternate history of the creation of the atom bomb that explores what could have happened if the bomb was ready to be used by June 6, 1944. Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of The Manhattan Project, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235. After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front What ensues is an altered account of World War II in this taut thriller. Combining fascinating science with intimate and true accounts of several members of The Manhattan Project, The Berlin Project is an astounding novel that reimagines history and what could have happened if the atom bomb was ready in time to stop Hitler from killing millions of people."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Saga Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481487641
Characteristics: 466 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm

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Astraeus
Sep 11, 2017

A medium-paced but richly detailed novel depicting a world where the development of the atomic bomb occurred one year earlier, with the resulting decision to use it against Germany in an effort to end the European war and spare millions of lives. The book's focus on the scientific development of the bomb, as opposed to being more action-oriented, might turn off some readers, but the personal struggles of the main character, combined with the surprising yet plausible twists of the plot will keep the reader entertained, and wondering if how our world would exist today if the atomic bomb had been used to try and bring down Hitler's regime.

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mammothhawk229e
May 20, 2017

Great alternative steady paced history book with pictures & diagrams on centrifuge technology.
This key diverging point that Udey & Cohen get private funding to centrifuges to shave off six months off of Manhattan project instead of inefficient diffusion technology.
On par with Harry Turtledove & James P. Hogan.
Cohen in spy work not a stretch. He's more Jack Ryan middle age middle management everyman than kiss kiss bang bang James Bond. Besides his peers too famous to blend in.
Dirty bomb idea from John Campbell magazine nice twist.
Minor quibbles like did president FDR died April 12, 1945, Patton get into car accident, British Empire had softer landing, any operation Paperclip, Greek crisis and what about European Economic union?
Liked the two chapter epilogue in 1962CE in a more hopeful future & on weakened Soviet Union. No treasure-draining arms race. More money on space & civilian program. Fewer proxy wars like Korea & Vietnam. Not sure on CIA-KGB spy wars or more orderly decolonization by European powers from Africa, Asia & Caribbean.
However, still simmering Middle East.
The author's afterwords on truth stranger than fiction just as interesting.

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