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By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin

J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER was once the main well-known scientist of his iteration and one of many iconic figures of the 20 th century. often stated as “the father of the atomic bomb,” he led the trouble to seize for his nation the fireplace of the sunlight in a time of struggle, and in doing so, grew to become the very embodiment of recent guy confronting the implications of clinical progress.

In stark distinction to his paintings that placed the US within the leading edge of the nuclear fingers race, Oppenheimer fought to have overseas controls put on all atomic fabrics. He adverse the improvement of the hydrogen bomb, and he criticized the Air Force’s plans to struggle an infinitely harmful nuclear warfare. within the now almost-forgotten hysteria of the early Fifties, his principles have been anathema to robust advocates of a huge nuclear buildup, and, in reaction, Atomic strength fee chairman Lewis Strauss, Superbomb suggest Edward Teller, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover labored backstage to have a listening to board locate that Oppenheimer couldn't be relied on with America’s nuclear secrets.

In American Prometheus, Kai chicken and Martin J. Sherwin current Oppenheimer’s existence and occasions in revealing and exceptional aspect. 1 / 4 century within the making, the publication is predicated on hundreds of thousands of documents and letters amassed from data in the United States and in another country, on monstrous FBI records, and on with reference to 100 interviews with Oppenheimer’s acquaintances, kin, and co-workers. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, it's straight away heritage and biography, a galvanizing portrait and a cautionary story.

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