Testimonials:

The following individuals have read the manuscript, and all have agreed to endorse the book. Those who were participants in this history have vouched that the description of events in the 1950s and 1960s are accurate portrayals.

  • Honorable William B. Taylor, Vietnam veteran, former United States representative to several former Soviet Socialist Republics, sixth U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, and Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace: 

“Tom Ramos has written a historical work that is enjoyable to read and deserves the attention of all those interested in how we have avoided nuclear war in our past.”

            – William B. Taylor

  • Andrew Bacevich is a frequent contributor on the op-ed pages of major newspapers like USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several bestselling works of political science. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he is a former director of Boston University’s Center for International Relations and is the co-founder and president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft; he is professor emeritus of history and international relations, Boston University: 

“In From Berkeley to Berlin, Tom Ramos provides a compelling and revealing inside look at the early days of the Cold War nuclear arms race. It is highly readable and highly recommended.”

            – Andrew Bacevich

• Steve Pieczenik is the author of State of Emergency and other best-selling novels; he co-authored Op-Center and Net Force with Tom Clancy:  

I am proud to recommend that this narrative become mandatory reading for every student of physics and political science in every college in America. 

– Steve Pieczenik

• John Antal has written over six best-selling books, among them Brothers in Arms (Presidio Press) and Armor Attacks (Random House Publishing). Presently, he is an editor, film advisor, and mass-market video game developer: 

I read this book, stopping when I had to go to work, over a period of two days, and enjoyed it immensely. I am a student of history, yet I learned so much about those early days of the Cold War that I didn’t know. I enjoyed reading about the characters in the book, and how they faced challenges.   

– John Antal

• Jim McDonough is an accomplished author and past superintendent of the State of Florida’s penal system. He is the author of Platoon Leader, a narrative of combat in Vietnam, Hill 781, a history of the Zulu War, and novels including The Limits of Glory. His history books are textbooks at the US Army Command and General Staff College: 

This book ought to be required reading at the US Army Command and General Staff College. I believe that one of its great strengths is the anecdotal content.  It humanizes the story and reminds us these were real people with enormous responsibilities.

– Jim McDonough

• Kenneth W. Ford was awarded the Oersted Medal by the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2006. He is the author of several textbooks, as well as his memoir, Building the H Bomb: A Personal History, in which he recounts his role in designing the world’s first thermonuclear device:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in how the United States entered into those dangerous early years of the Cold War.   

– Ken Ford

• Chris Williams, chief of staff to the House Armed Services Committee during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations, and to Senator Trent Lott, when Lott was the Senate Majority Leader, is still considered one of America’s most knowledgeable professionals about United States national security policies:

Tom Ramos is a renowned physicist, West Point graduate, and nuclear weapon designer.  With this illuminating book, he also proves himself to be a highly effective chronicler of events of profound historical importance. Tom has brought to life the powerful personalities of Ernest Lawrence and many others whose technological skills and foresight helped shape – and ultimately win – the Cold War. In the process, he tells a compelling story of the men and women who went on to build one of the Nation’s premier scientific and national security institutions, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

– Chris Williams, former chairman, Department of Defense Policy Board and former member, National Nuclear Security Administration Advisory Group

• Gary Dolan is a lawyer and author who wrote Of Their Own Accord, a novel about leading Rangers in combat in the Vietnam War. In 2011, he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame:

   I found it impossible to put down this book, as I read late into the night. The depth of research Tom did to write this history is astounding; I learned about events of the Cold War that I had not a clue had happened.

– Gary Dolan

• Dr. Tom Reed, Secretary of the Air Force under President Reagan, is the author of several books on the Cold War, including At the Abyss and The Nuclear Express. His research into the formerly classified archives of the atomic weapons programs of the former Soviet Union has been cited in this history. Dr. Reed designed several nuclear weapons that were tested during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations:

  This book is thoroughly enjoyable to read. Tom brings out events of the 1950s and early 1960s that are not well known, or have been forgotten by historians.  

– Tom Reed

• Dr. Harold Brown was the first physicist to become Secretary of Defense (Carter Administration). He is the author of a memoir, Star Spangled Security, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and also the Enrico Fermi Medal for scientific achievements.  At the height of the Cold War, he led a group of physicists that designed the thermonuclear warhead for the Polaris Missile. Two years before his death last March, Dr. Brown sent this tribute to Tom:

 I’ve read through your manuscript and you have gotten the entire story right. Congratulations, and good luck.  

– Harold Brown