AUTHORWolverton, Mark
TITLEA Life in Twilight: The Final Years of J. Robert Oppenheimer
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2008
ISBN978-0-312-37440-2


This biography focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer's life during his time at the Institute for Advanced Study, thereby treating a period in the life of “the father of the atomic bomb” not usually depicted in detail. After the U.S. government revoked his security clearance in 1954, Oppenheimer concentrated on his work at the Institute, continuing there until his death in 1967. Specific events discussed include: the “See it Now” interview with Edward R. Murrow, the negative effect of McCarthyism paranoia upon the scientific and academic worlds, the vacillating public opinion of Oppenheimer, and his feud with Lewis Strauss. The book includes several facsimiles of previously classified government surveillance documents and correspondence. It is also indexed.


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