The A-Bomb and Us

The Trinity Test detonation, July 16, 1945. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Seventy-five years after the first atomic explosion, our fear has only increased.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat was the seminal event in human history? Was it the birth of a prophet, philosopher, warrior, or king? The discovery of the New World? A revolution or war? A great natural disaster? History may show that the watershed moment occurred 75 years ago in the isolated New Mexico desert. On July 16, 1945, the atomic age began in a burst “brighter than a thousand suns,” as one observer described the first-ever nuclear detonation, and the world was forever altered. Indeed, human history now had its “before” and “after.”

The Manhattan Project, as it was called (because early work was done

Brad Schaeffer is a commodities trader and writer.  He is the author of the World War II novel Of Another Time and Place (Post Hill/Simon & Schuster, 2018).


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