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Hewlett and Duncan, Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962

Richard G. Hewlett and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy: 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974. 477 pp. History Office publication.

Traces growth of U.S. Navy's nuclear fleet from earliest beginnings to 1962 when twenty-seven submarines and three surface ships were in operation. Focuses on Admiral Hyman G. Rickover as the driving force who convinced the Navy and the Atomic Energy Commission to support the project and who then shepherded it to success.