AUTHORChevalier, Haakon
TITLEOppenheimer: The Story of a Friendship
PUBLISHERGeorge Braziller, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1965
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This story of Robert Oppenheimer’s communist associations is told by the man accused of recruiting him for Soviet spying. Haakon Chevalier, a professor of French, describes his relationship with Oppenheimer beginning with their meeting at Berkeley in 1937. The open and proud communist narrates the highly controversial relationship, which resulted in the revocation of Oppenheimer’s security clearance. Chevalier includes transcripts of Oppenheimer’s trial testimony, and he interprets "Oppie’s" words and explains his side of the story. The only resentment Chevalier expresses is that Oppenheimer was not a more dedicated communist and that he muddled the truth in the investigation and trial. The book is Chevalier's second on the affair; the first was a novel. The story is engaging and artfully told.


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