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By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin

ISBN-10: 0307424731

ISBN-13: 9780307424730

J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER was once the main well-known scientist of his iteration and one of many iconic figures of the 20th century. regularly said as “the father of the atomic bomb,” he led the hassle to trap for his nation the fireplace of the solar in a time of warfare, and in doing so, grew to become the very embodiment of contemporary guy confronting the implications of medical progress.

In stark distinction to his paintings that placed the United States within the leading edge of the nuclear fingers race, Oppenheimer fought to have foreign controls put on all atomic fabrics. He antagonistic the improvement of the hydrogen bomb, and he criticized the Air Force’s plans to struggle an infinitely risky nuclear warfare. within the now almost-forgotten hysteria of the early Nineteen Fifties, his principles have been anathema to robust advocates of an immense 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 relied on with America’s nuclear secrets.

In American Prometheus, Kai poultry and Martin J. Sherwin current Oppenheimer’s lifestyles and instances in revealing and unparalleled element. 1 / 4 century within the making, the ebook relies on hundreds of thousands of files and letters amassed from information in the US and out of the country, on enormous FBI records, and on as regards to 100 interviews with Oppenheimer’s pals, relations, and associates. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, it truly is instantly historical past and biography, a galvanizing portrait and a cautionary story.

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