American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert by Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin

By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin

J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER used to be the main well-known scientist of his iteration and one of many iconic figures of the 20 th century. as a rule said as “the father of the atomic bomb,” he led the hassle to catch for his nation the fireplace of the sunlight in a time of struggle, and in doing so, grew to become the very embodiment of recent guy confronting the results of clinical progress.

In stark distinction to his paintings that placed the US within the vanguard of the nuclear fingers race, Oppenheimer fought to have foreign controls put on all atomic fabrics. He adversarial the improvement of the hydrogen bomb, and he criticized the Air Force’s plans to struggle an infinitely harmful nuclear conflict. within the now almost-forgotten hysteria of the early Nineteen Fifties, his rules have been anathema to strong advocates of a big nuclear buildup, and, in reaction, Atomic strength fee chairman Lewis Strauss, Superbomb suggest Edward Teller, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover labored behind the curtain to have a listening to board locate that Oppenheimer couldn't be depended on with America’s nuclear secrets.

In American Prometheus, Kai chicken and Martin J. Sherwin current Oppenheimer’s existence and occasions in revealing and exceptional element. 1 / 4 century within the making, the e-book relies on hundreds of thousands of files and letters collected from data in the US and in a foreign country, on huge FBI records, and on as regards to 100 interviews with Oppenheimer’s associates, kinfolk, and co-workers. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, it truly is right now historical past and biography, a galvanizing portrait and a cautionary story.

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