ICWS Senior Research Fellow’s new publication sheds light on a tightly-guarded secret of the Second World War

Friday 12 August 2016

Dr Susan Williams’ (ICWS Senior Research Fellow) new book Spies in the Congo: The Race for the Ore that Built the Atomic Bomb (Hurst, 2016)  sheds light on the race for control of the strategically significant Shinkolobwe uranium mine in the then-Belgian Congo, vital to the success of the Manhattan Project and the role of Washington’s elite secret intelligence agents tasked to prevent uranium in the Congo being diverted to Germany, which was also developing an atomic bomb at the time.

Spies in the Congo has been reviewed in The Scotsman, , The Telegraph, the Huffington Post, and Kirkus Reviews. Spies in the Congo is available in the UK now.

Dr Williams has been invited to speak about her book at a public event in Cape Town by South Africa’s Congolese Civil Society alongside Congolese and Japanese speakers. The meeting will mark the ‘missing link’ between the Shinkolobwe uranium mine in DR Congo and the dropping of that atomic bomb, built from that same uranium, on Hiroshima. The event has been organised with the Scalabrini Centre, a missionary organisation caring for migrants and refugees in the Cape.

Image credit: Hurst Publishers 2016