New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005 *** Book Discussion books check out for 6 weeks with no renewals ***
xviii, 425 p. : maps ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN:
0743250079, 9780743250078, 0743250087, 9780743250085, Language:
Maps on lining papers
This book captures the drama of 27 perilous months at Los Alamos, a secret city cut off from the rest of society, ringed by barbed wire, where Oppenheimer and his young recruits lived as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government--freshly minted secretaries and worldly scientists contending with living conditions straight out of pioneer days, racing to build the first atomic bomb before Germany could. Oppenheimer was as arrogant as he was inexperienced, and few believed the 38-year-old theoretical physicist would succeed. Yet despite the obstacles, he forged a vibrant community through the sheer force of his personality
Charmed -- A most improbable choice -- The bluest eyes I've ever seen -- Cowboy boots and all -- The gatekeeper -- The professor and the general -- Summer camp -- Lost almost -- Welcome distractions -- Nothing dangerous -- The big shot -- Baby boom -- Summer lightning -- A bad case of the jitters -- Playing with fire -- A dirty trick -- Everything was different -- A rain of ruin -- By our works we are committed -- Elysian dreamer -- Scorpions in a bottle -- Fallout
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