AUTHORTeller, Edward / Shoolery, Judith L.
TITLEMemoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
PUBLISHERPerseus Publishing
CITYCambridge, MA

Edward Teller's autobiography is a record of one of the major players in nuclear science in the mid-century, and in United States defense policy during the Cold War. Born in 1908 in Budapest, Hungry, Teller studied under Werner Heisenberg in Germany, and came to the United States in 1935. In 1939, he went with Leo Szilard to convince Einstein to send the letter to President Roosevelt that launched the U.S. work on the atomic bomb. During World War II, he worked at Los Alamos, concentrating on the possibility of a thermonuclear weapon (hydrogen bomb). He was instrumental in convincing President Truman to approve work on the hydrogen bomb in 1950, and was a major contributor to its development. His testimony was important in the Atomic Energy Commission's denial of security clearance for Robert Oppenheimer. He supported an aggressive defense policy throughout the Cold War, and strongly supported President Reagan's Star Wars program. This work provides interesting insights into the lives of many important people associated with nuclear science and defense policy in the twentieth century.

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