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American Prometheus : The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
American Prometheus The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer
Author: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb,” the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation–one...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375412028
ISBN-10: 0375412026
Publication Date: 4/5/2005
Pages: 736
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Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I found this book very informative concerning all aspects of Robert Oppenheimer from birth to his lead roll of involvement with the atomic bomb and his anti-nuclear stance just after the creation of it. A wonderfully written history of the era/circumstances that has lead mankind to the opening of this "Pandora's Box", use of the atomic bomb, Nuclear Regulatory Commition, NATO, and more. Many interesting points are covered on the pre and post war era of communism in this country that I found fascinating. I also found my self wondering why would a person of such intellect as Oppenheimer have been involved in communism (which is answered nicely), however, the reader comes to realize the ideals of the movement 60-70 years ago were seemingly different then what they evolved into. You will enjoy the effort this takes to read.
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