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The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Published by Penguin Books
  • Released March 2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0142001155


"... By far the best – the most accurate and detailed – account yet to be written of the deliberate campaign to destroy Oppenheimer and elevate Edward Teller nefariously to power." 
Richard Rhodes

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the downfall of the leader of the Manhattan Project ... Through McMillan, the reader is a fly on the wall, watching power shift from the scientists who created the atomic bomb to politicians who hoped to use nuclear weapons for their own gain. … The book gives readers a front-row seat from which to watch Truman and Eisenhower struggle with the unimaginable power of the hydrogen bomb, the new enemy in Josef Stalin, suspected enemies operating in America, and McCarthyism.” 
Christian Science Monitor, August 2005 

“This compact study elegantly parses a central accusation in the case: that Oppenheimer was disloyal for opposing the hydrogen bomb – essentially, for voicing his opinion. … The author concludes … that scientists today rarely speak out, because they rely on military funding to pursue research.” 
NY Review of Books, September 2005 

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