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American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Kai Bird; Martin J Sherwin
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a 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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kai Bird; Martin J Sherwin
ISBN: 0375726268 9780375726262
OCLC Number: 70267245
Notes: Originally published: New York : Knopf, 2005.
Awards: Winner of Pulitzer Prize (Biography) 2006
Description: xiii, 721 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: I. "He received every new idea as perfectly beautiful" --
"His separate prison" --
" I am having a pretty bad time" --
"I find the work hard, thank God, & almost pleasant" --
"I am Oppenheimer" --
"Oppie" --
"The Nim Nim boys" --
II. "In 1936 my interests began to change" --
"[Frank] clipped it out and sent it in" --
"More and more surely" --
"I'm going to marry a friend of yours, Steve" --
"We were pulling the New Deal to the left" --
"The coordinator of rapid rupture" --
"The Chevalier affair" --
III. "He'd become very patriotic" --
"Too much secrecy" --
"Oppenheimer is telling the truth ..." --
"Suicide, motive unknown" --
"Would you like to adopt her?" --
"Bohr was God, and Oppie was his prophet" --
"The impact of the gadget on civilization" --
"Now we're all sons-of-bitches" --
IV. "Those poor little people" --
"I feel I have blood on my hands" --
"People could destroy New York" --
"Oppie had a rash and is now immune" --
"An intellectual hotel" --
"He couldn't understand why he did it" --
"I am sure that is why she threw things at him" --
"He never let on what his opinion was" --
"Dark words about Oppie" --
"Scientist X" --
"The beast in the jungle" --
V. "It looks pretty bad, doesn't it?" --
"I fear that this whole thing is a piece of idiocy" --
"A manifestation of hysteria" --
"A black mark on the escutcheon of our country" --
"I can still feel the warm blood on my hands" --
"It was really like a never-never land" --
"It should have been done the day after trinity" --
"There's only one Robert."
Responsibility: Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a 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 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. --From publisher's description.

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