On July 16, 1945 the United States successfully detonated the first atomic bomb. To learn more about what went into the development of the atomic bomb check out Richard Rhodes' Pulitzer Prize winner "Making of the Atomic Bomb."
The Dharma Bums [Print]. Recommended by Daniel. "While 'On the Road' is his best known work, 'Dharma Bums' is my favorite Kerouac novel: his rambling urban adventures are contrasted with explorations of the High Sierra wilderness. As a snapshot of the 50s, it pierces the myth of American apple pie, showing a complex youth culture straining against the status quo."