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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
J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the de...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781433200113
ISBN-10: 1433200112
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Pages: 200
Edition: Unabridged
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Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Book Type: 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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