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The post-war atomic political fallout
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Editor's note: John Waelti's series on the American Atomic Veterans continues with today's column.After some 60 million deaths, World War II was finally over - brought to an abrupt end by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Plans for the dreaded invasion of Kyushu and Honshu that were anticipated to cause an additional million American and several million additional Japanese casualties could be shelved forever.J. Robert Oppenheimer's leadership of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos was key to winning the race with Nazi Germany for the most powerful weapon the world had ever known.The Manhattan Project brought new prestige to science and scientists, and especially to nuclear physicists.