Friendly, Alfred
March 1953
New Republic;3/23/53, Vol. 128 Issue 12, p22
The article provides information on the book "The New Force," by Ralph E. Lapp. To say that Lapp has written a primer on atomic energy, the history, the science, the politics and the problem, would be accurate in a sense, but it would also be misleading. He has indeed written a primer, and one of the best: lucid, easy-reading, remarkably inclusive on every aspect of the wonderful and terrible new force that is barely ten years old. For those who need a simple refresher on the basic science involved in atomic energy, on the history of its development, the attempts at internal control and the military potentialities, "The New Force" provides a satisfying review. However, Lapp book is most valuable when it moves on to the area of ignorance and misconceptions about atomic energy and atomic weapons.


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