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American Prometheus

The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Kai Bird

"American Prometheus" is a captivating biography that unveils the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer in unprecedented detail. Oppenheimer, the iconic "father of the atomic bomb," was the brain behind the scientific progress surrounding America during WWII. The book follows his journey from education at New York City's Ethical Culture School, to his social justice involvement and establishment of America's leading school of theoretical physics in California. The biography concludes at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he directed from 1947 to 1966. This book is an essential read for those interested in WWII and Cold War history and how it has influenced our present and future.
Publish Date
first published in 2005
Goodreads Rating
One of the more fascinating men that I’ve read about.      source
Richard Rhodes wrote two important books that partially address espionage related to the Atomic program, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" and "Dark Sun." And Kai Bird/Martin Sherwin wrote "American Prometheus" on Oppenheimer. 3/      source
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      source