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American Arsenal


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Introduction Edison at War Gassing the Senator Mitchell's War in Three Dimensions The Bombsight Precision Bombing Tested Napalm The Switch The Atomic Bomb The Weapon Not Used The Hydrogen Bomb Missiles Destructive Strategies Vietnam-the Limits of Analytical Thinking Star Wars Smart Bombs and Drones Epilogue

About the Author

Patrick Coffey is a Visiting Scholar in the Office for History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Cathedrals of Science.


"Patrick Coffey s American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War offers a brisk account of the development of key weapons and technologies, from poison gas to drones, in that arsenal. Many of his stories are fascinating, gruesome, even lurid, and some are largely unknown."--Los Angeles Review of Books "Coffey delivers an interesting book that introduces the general reader to a little-known perspective on military history."--Publisher's Weekly

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