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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Physicist and polymath, 'father of the atom bomb' J. Robert Oppenheimer became the most famous scientist of his generation. One of the iconic figures ... Show synopsis

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  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Atlantic Books) – Mass-market paperback (2009)
    by Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin

    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    Mass-market paperback, Atlantic Books
    2009
    736 pages

    ISBN: 1843547058
    ISBN-13: 9781843547051

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, published in hardback to exceptional reviews in both the US and the UK, "American Prometheus" is as compelling a work of biography as it is a significant work of history. Physicist and polymath, as familiar with Hindu scriptures as he was with quantum mechanics, J. Robert Oppenheimer - director of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb - was the most famous scientist of his generation. In their meticulous and riveting biography, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin reveal a brilliant, ... Show more

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Reviews of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Overall customer rating: 4.000
Kaltesbier

Don't have time for books like this

by Kaltesbier on Jun 3, 2010

I read another book entitled, "Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller". This book I did not enjoy, for it was both an American tragedy and an outrage. I didn't want to read the other book. I disposed of both books.

Metta

A great way to get interested in biographies

by Metta on Jun 16, 2007

Among a raft of biographies that depend almost comically on Freudian psychology to draw studies of their characters, this one stands out as mostly avoiding that tool, and still managing to paint a picture of the person rather than of just his accomplishments. Oppenheimer was very much a victim of the times in which he worked and lived, and the authors also do a very good job of sketching in just enough historical perspective to put Oppenheimer in a "place" historically without drowning readers in events and dates. Overall, a nice way to break into biography for people new to the genre, because it reads much more like a novel than a textbook. Well deserving of its award-winner status.

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