McMillan re-creates the fraught years from 1949 to 1955 when Oppenheimer and a group of liberal scientists tried to head off the cabal of hard-line air force officials, anti-Communist politicians, and rival scientists—including Edward Teller—who were trying to seize control of U.S. policy and build ever more deadly nuclear weapons. The conspiracy to discredit Oppenheimer, occurring at the height of the McCarthy era and sanctioned by a misinformed President Eisenhower, was a watershed in the cold war, poisoning American politics for decades and creating dangers that haunt us today.
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Harvard historian McMillan (Marina and Lee ) focuses on the nine-year span in the late 1940s and early '50s when Oppenheimer, who had spearheaded the developmJun 06 2005 | Read Full Review of The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenhe...
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