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Chuck Hansen (May 13, 1947 - March 26, 2003) compiled, over a period of 30 years, the world's largest private collection of documents on how America developed the atomic bomb. These documents were obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and since Hansen's death have been housed at the National Security Archive at George Washington University.[1][2]

With Hansen having no formal education in nuclear physics, in 1988 he wrote the book U.S. Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History,[3] which was critical of the U.S. Defense Department, the Atomic Energy Commission, and some other government agencies. In the book Hansen revealed that the early years of nuclear testing were less successful than claimed; bombs failed, or yielded smaller explosions than announced, and attempts to develop a radioactive-free bomb were unsuccessful.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b Christopher Reed. Chuck Hansen: Obsessive collector whose files told America's A-bomb secrets The Guardian, 25 April 2003.
  2. ^ a b William J. Broad. From Cold War to Nuclear Nostalgia The New York Times, December 12, 1989.
  3. ^ Jeffrey G. Barlow. U. S. Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History (Review) The Journal of Military History, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Jan., 1989), pp. 105-106.

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