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Brotherhood of the bomb : the tangled lives and loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English
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If science is the story of the twentieth century, no drama is more compelling than that of "the Bomb" and its creators. But the riveting tale of human conflict that connects the three scientists most responsible for the nuclear age - Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller - was until now known only in broad outline. [In this book, the author] interviews with Manhattan Project survivors, and recently  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; Ernest Orlando Lawrence; Edward Teller; Ernest Orlando Lawrence; J Robert Oppenheimer; Edward Teller
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Gregg Herken
OCLC Number: 51561676
Notes: Originally published: New York : Henry Holt and Co., ©2002. 1st ed.
"A John Macrae Book."
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Temples of the future: Cyclotron republic; Practical philosopher's stone; Useful adviser; Adventurous time --
Inside the wire: Enormoz; Question of divided loyalties; Break, blow, burn; Stone's throw from despair --
Scientists in gray flannels suits: World in which war will not occur; Character, association, and loyalty; Rather puzzled horror; Desperate urgency here --
Sorcerer's apprentice: Nuclear plenty; Bad business now threatening; Desection into the maelstrom; Not much more than a kangaroo court --
All the evil of the times: Good deeds a man has done before; Like going to a new country; Cross of atoms.
Responsibility: Gregg Herken.

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If science is the story of the twentieth century, no drama is more compelling than that of "the Bomb" and its creators. But the riveting tale of human conflict that connects the three scientists most responsible for the nuclear age - Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller - was until now known only in broad outline. [In this book, the author] interviews with Manhattan Project survivors, and recently released documents and coded intercepts obtained from FBI and KGB archives and other sources around the world. One of Brotherhood of the Bomb's surprises is the complex game of spy versus counterspy that surrounded the bomb's building and later dominated the Cold War. Yet, armies of U.S. security agents were unable to prevent the bomb's secrets from being passed to the Russians (sometimes by their American helpers). At the book's center is the question of loyalty - to science, to country, to family - and the wrenching choices that had to be made when such allegiances came into conflict. Revealed here for the first time are Robert Oppenheimer's efforts while scientific director of the Manhattan Project to hide his radical past, and the complicity of General Leslie Groves, head of the bomb project, in keeping that long-held secret. Oppenheimer was ultimately compromised by lies he told to protect his brother, Frank, which led to his own loyalty hearing during the high-water mark of McCarthyism in the 1950s. More than a cautionary tale, Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history. Gregg Herken's compelling and authoritative book reveals what can happen to individual and group integrity when big-time science - and its practitioners - are enlisted in the service of the state.-Dust jacket.

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