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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 Physicist and polymath, 'father of the atom bomb' J. Robert Oppenheimer became the most famous scientist of his generation. One of the iconic figures of the 20th century and the embodiment of modern scientific man's Faustian compact, Oppenheimer confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. Already a notable young physicist before WW... more »II, during the race to split the atom, 'Oppie' galvanized an extraordinary team of international scientists while keeping the FBI at bay.Years later, haunted by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Oppenheimer became a staunch opponent of plans to develop the hydrogen bomb. It was a battle he was to lose, faced by powerful advocates for massive nuclear profusion. In response, the US Atomic Energy Commission and the FBI worked behind the scenes to have a hearing find that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets."American Prometheus" is a compelling portrait of a brilliant, ambitious and flawed man, and of the major events of the twentieth century. It is at once biography and history, and essential to our understanding of our recent past - and our future choices.« less
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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.