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A life in twilight : the final years of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Mark Wolverton
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A Life in Twilight reveals the least-known and most enigmatic period of J. Robert Oppenheimer's life, from the public humiliation he endured after the 1954 Atomic Energy Commission's investigation into his alleged communist leanings and connections, to his death in 1967. It covers Oppenheimer's continued work as a scientist and philosopher and head of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and his often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Wolverton
ISBN: 9780312374402 0312374402
OCLC Number: 223882887
Description: x, 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The edge of mystery --
The scientist and the reporter --
The sage of Princeton --
The price of celebrity --
The bleak face of unhumanity --
A rugged time --
A great open windy world --
The climate of suspicion --
A sense of panic --
Rumblings of redemption --
A universal confusion --
The answer to fear --
The otherness of people --
A good augury --
A kind of humanity --
Courage and hope --
Honor and respect --
Charity and courage --
Darkness and light --
The public and the private --
Responsibility and guilt --
The all-encompassing dark --
The sad account --
Quarter in C-sharp minor --
The persistence of dignity.
Responsibility: Mark Wolverton.
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"A Life in Twilight reveals the least-known and most enigmatic period of J. Robert Oppenheimer's life, from the public humiliation he endured after the 1954 Atomic Energy Commission's investigation into his alleged communist leanings and connections, to his death in 1967. It covers Oppenheimer's continued work as a scientist and philosopher and head of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and his often controversial public appearances, as well as parts of his private life." "What emerges is a portrait of a man known to many as the "father of the atomic bomb"--Who was toppled from the highest echelons of politics and society, and then had to see his honor and name blackened, but succeeded in maintaining his dignity and rebuilding a shattered life, although he never truly recovered from the McCarthy-inspired persecution he suffered. Previously unpublished FBI files fill out the picture and cast a sinister cloud over Oppenheimer's final years, during which he remained under occasional surveillance."--Jacket.

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