AUTHORU.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Ed.
TITLEIn the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer
PUBLISHERThe MIT Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED1971
ISBN0-262-71002 1


This book presents the entire 1,047 page transcript of the 1954 hearing of the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) Personnel Security Board that resulted in the revocation of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s security clearance. The board questioned the loyalty of the former head of the Manhattan Project because of his past associations with communists and communist sympathizers. The board was also suspicious of Oppenheimer's opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb. The book contains a foreword by Philip M. Stern, which takes the position that Oppenheimer was innocent. The foreword puts the hearings in the context of the 1950s and explains the political atmosphere of McCarthyism; it examines what the report contains, what it doesn’t contain, and why Oppenheimer was investigated. The book also presents other primary documents related to the Oppenheimer hearings, including the opinion issued by the commission following the investigation and numerous letters written by principals involved in the hearings.


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