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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