The Manhattan Project

TitleThe Manhattan Project
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsDash, Sean
Series TitleModern Marvels
EpisodesSeason 8, Episode 25
Running Time45 min
Date Released06/04/2002
DistributorA & E Television Networks: Distributed by New Video
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This episode of the television series, Modern Marvels, focuses on the race against time for the United States to develop a nuclear weapon to use in World War II. Encouraged by Leo Szilard and galvanized by German success in achieving nuclear fission, the United States embarks on a crash program to build a nuclear bomb. Aided by many Jewish scientists who had fled Nazi Germany the project team successfully constructs three fuel production lines using different technologies and assembles three bombs. One bomb was tested in New Mexico and the others deployed against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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