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February 24, 1985|JOHN KISSELL

The Day the Sun Rose Twice by Ferenc Morton Szasz (University of New Mexico: $15.95) may be the definitive account of the days and hours leading up to the first nuclear explosion in history and the legacy it left. He vividly reconstructs the story: the industrious atmosphere of the scientists and technicians; the grave considerations of those making key decisions; the sense of wonder, and twinges of conscience, at what had been achieved. In the increasingly crowded field of titles related to nuclear issues, "The Day the Sun Rose Twice" is a commendable example of how these books can, and should, be written.

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