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American Prometheus The Triumph And Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375726268
ISBN-13: 9780375726262
Sku: 202149236
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  721
Age Range:  NA
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A definitive portrait of legendary scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his seminal role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his lesser-known roles as family man, supposed communist, and head of Princetons Institute for Advanced Studies. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. *Author: Bird, Kai/ Sherwin, Martin J. *Series Title: Vintage *Subtitle: The Triumph And Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer *Publication Date: 2006/04/11 *Number of Pages: 721 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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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. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative.
This in-depth biography of physicist J Robert Oppenheimer traces his private life and public career, including his high point--when he was the top scientist of the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb--and his low point when, during the Cold War, Oppenheimer lost his security clearance because he was deemed a "security risk." ||Twenty years of research are said to have gone into this massive biography, and authors Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin draw on government documents as well as interviews with participants to tell the dramatic story of the development of the bomb and Oppenheimer's role in it. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the "father of the atomic bomb," along with other scientists, campaigned publicly against nuclear weapons. This brought him into conflict with America's right wing, and with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover , who launched what Bird and Sherwin see as a campaign against him. In writing about Oppenheimer's life and times, Bird and Sherwin do not ignore the acerbic personality and other personal flaws that worked against him, but overall they convey the sweep of the life of a scientist in the public interest.


"[R]ich in new revelations...." 05/15/2005

"This commanding biography, the result of twenty-five years of research...delivers the most complex portrait of Oppenheimer to date: a brilliant but insecure child prodigy who became a charismatic leader; a polymath who learned Sanskrit just so he could read the Bhagavad Gita; an aesthete who mixed infamously strong Martinis; a one-time fellow-traveller who was almost wilfully naive about politics." 07/25/2005

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