AUTHORHerken, Gregg
TITLEThe Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller
PUBLISHERHenry Holt and Company
CITYNew York, NY

This biographical work focuses on Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller, three physicists who were instrumental in developing nuclear weapons for the United States. It encompasses the making of the atomic bomb and the ensuing thermonuclear hydrogen bomb. The author provides accounts of the influence of these men on not only science but on public policy. His detailed descriptions of allegations of treason and the resulting political hearings make for interesting reading. Declassified United States government documents, wiretaps, secret cables, and official Communist Party records are used to tell an interesting, detailed story that integrates the achievements and failures of the three main characters. The work spans the period from the early 1930s to 1958. Extensive end notes provide excellent bibliographic sources.

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