Impressive study in bomb-building

THE ATOMIC BAZAAR. By William Langewiesche, Penguin/Allen Lane, €26.45

2nd June, 2007

THE ATOMIC BAZAAR. By William Langewiesche, Penguin/Allen Lane, €26.45

If you’ll forgive the cliche, the Atomic Bazaar begins with a bang in more ways than one. William Langewiesche starts with a searing, surgically precise account of the incineration of Hiroshima in August 1945 - the dimensions of the bombs themselves, the dead heat of Paul Tibbets’ cockpit, the shockwave that throws his plane around in the air, the pretty ‘‘blues and pinks’’ that fill...

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