American Prometheus by Kai Bird
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Vintage)

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Those who dare to take on this book will find that, contrary to stereotype, physics can be a real thriller.
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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant 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 magisterial, acclaimed 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. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative.


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About Kai Bird

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Kai Bird is the author of The Chairman: John J. McCloy, The Making of the American Establishment and The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, Brothers in Arms. He coedited with Lawrence Lifschultz Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy. A contributing editor of The Nation, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 721 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jean Hannah Edelstein on Jan 24 2009

Those who dare to take on this book will find that, contrary to stereotype, physics can be a real thriller.

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