American Prometheus

American Prometheus

The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Book - 2005
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A portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375412028
0375412026
Characteristics: xiii, 721 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sherwin, Martin J.

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his Pulitzer prize winning biography chronicles the rise of physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer, the man in charge of the Manhattan Project. This is a hefty book–26.5 hours as an audiobook–but the research and detail show through. You get insight into his life, not just his time at Los Alamos but his childhood and later in life his fall from grace as a result of the McCarthyism so rampant after the war. I enjoy history and biographies that have a lot of detail and the author manages to deliver that without losing the story or overwhelming the reader. I knew a bit about Oppenheimer before reading this book but I now have a much better understanding of his life, impact and legacy. (Submitted by Braden).

mikeyppl Apr 26, 2012

Without a doubt one of the best biographies I've ever read. a well researched in depth look at one of the 20th century's important figures.

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Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for biography.

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