American Prometheus by Kai Bird audiobook

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

By Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America’s nuclear secrets. In this magisterial biography twenty-five years in the making, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the authors capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Winner of the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Winner of the 2006 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography

A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress.

When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America’s nuclear secrets.

In this magisterial biography twenty-five years in the making, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the authors capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The definitive biography…Oppenheimer’s life doesn’t influence us. It haunts us.” Newsweek
“A work of voluminous scholarship and lucid insight, unifying its multifaceted portrait with a keen grasp of Oppenheimer’s essential nature…It succeeds in deeply fathoming his most damaging, self-contradictory behavior.” New York Times
“This commanding biography, the result of twenty-five years of research, reëvaluates that character, and delivers the most complex portrait of Oppenheimer to date…Drawing on thousands of pages of FBI surveillance records, the authors contend that the scientist was never a member of the Communist Party.” New Yorker
“A masterful account of Oppenheimer’s rise and fall, set in the context of the turbulent decades of America’s own transformation. It is a tour de force.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The first biography to give full due to Oppenheimer’s extraordinary complexity…stands as an Everest among the mountains of books on the bomb project and Oppenheimer and is an achievement not likely to be surpassed or equaled.” Boston Globe
“[A] profoundly fascinating, richly complex, and ineffably sad American life…Bird and Sherwin are without peer…in capturing the humanity of the man.” Booklist (starred review)
“The book’s scope transcends the usual bounds of biography and illuminates a critical time in American history, with important implications for our present and future.” Bookmarks 

Reviews

Reviews

by MarkG 9/13/2017
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This is a very thorough biography of a fascinating man who lived thru the most turbulent times. My only gripe is that there is a great deal of detailed analysis of the evidence about whether JRO was a CP member; I didn't find this very interesting. Otherwise, highly recommended.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 26.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English