Brotherhood of the Bomb

Brotherhood of the Bomb The Story Of The Twentieth Century Is Largely The Story Of The Power Of Science And Technology Within That Story Is The Incredible Tale Of The Human Conflict Between Three Men Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, And Edward Teller The Scientists Most Responsible For The Advent Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction How Did Science, Enlisted In The Service Of The State During The Second World War, Become A Slave To Its Patron During The Cold War And Scientists With It The Story Of These Three Men, Is Fundamentally About Loyalty To The Country, To Science, And To Each Other And About The Wrenching Choices That Had To Be Made When These Allegiances Came Into Conflict.Gregg Herken Gives Us The Behind The Scenes Account Based Upon A Decade Of Research, Interviews, And New DocumentsBrotherhood Of The Bombis A Vital Slice Of American History Told Authoritatively And Grippingly For The First Time. Physicists have known sinJ Robert Oppenheimer Gregg Herken s Brotherhood of the Bomb 2002 is the story of three preeminent American physicists, Ernest Lawrence, J Robert Oppenheimer, and Edward Teller, whose work was crucial for the American nuclear program in the 1940s and 1950s, which led to the development of atomic and thermonuclear weapons This extremely well researched and documented book is based on many thousands of pages of declassified U.S government documents, including FBIPhysicists have known sinJ Robert Oppenheimer Gregg Herken s Brotherhood of the Bomb 2002 is the story of three preeminent American physicists, Ernest Lawrence, J Robert Oppenheimer, and Edward Teller, whose work was crucial for the American nuclear program in the 1940s and 1950s, which led to the development of atomic and thermonuclear weapons This extremely well researched and documented book is based on many thousands of pages of declassified U.S government documents, including FBI s dead files Even some decrypted secret cables send by Soviet spies were used as sources.We read about Lawrence s pioneering work with cyclotrons, and we learn about solving the difficult problem of uranium separation enrichment Then we follow the Manhattan Project, which culminates with the first man made nuclear explosion on the Trinity site in July 1945 and the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Next, the author recounts the protracted and intense political struggle that surrounded the develo
Read this book when it came out It s an above average history and I can say that because of Badash s class before Richard Rhoades I also met Gregg Herken when introduced to him by Ceruzzi when both were at the Natl Air and Space Museum before he took his prof ship at UC Merced.I noted a interesting typo which Gregg pointed out could not be changed because it s merely part of the Presidential record Eisenhower was having a discussion about whether to authorize a 100 MT bomb His AEC Chair wa Read this book when it came out It s an above average history and I can say that because of Badash s class before Richard Rhoades I also met Gregg Herken when introduced to him by Ceruzzi when both were at the Natl Air and Space Museum before he took his prof shi
Teller privately considered Bethe a brick maker among physicists thorough, meticulous, but unimaginitive and even a bit pompous In Oppenheimer, on the other hand, Edward recognized a kindred spirit a bricklayer, or synthesizer, who understood the underlying structure 85 In preparations to steal U.S secrets, Pavel Fitin had given his e
This was a good book to read after finishing Richard Rhodes Making of the Atomic Bomb Herken examines the lives of Ernst Lawrence, Edward Teller, and Robert Oppenheimer in detail, paying special attention to th
fascinating topic but badly written At times he attemted to cover too much and other times background information was left to the reader s imagination His annoying habit of using first names and last names at different times became a major irritant especially when he also used some Soviet
I saw the author discuss this book on a BookTV rerun I anticipated a deeper exploration of the three main characters and their interaction as was discussed on the TV program I was disappointed Focus on government and university politics The involvment of Hoover and cronies did not add anything. The Lawrence profile was pretty solid, although I ve read none of Ernest s several biographies Nothing new here on Oppenheimer or Teller. Very well documented and researched accounting of the progress made in American and world nuclear research from 1935 1960 Particularly detailed with respect to the interplay of the major and minor characters during that time. The subtitle of the book describes it well The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller The book discusses at length these individuals at the dawn of the atomic age, their discoveries, and their work to build the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.The book also goes into depth on the competition between these individuals, the backbiting, and outright slander that was directed at the loyalty of Robert Oppenheimer The book discusse The subtitle of the book describes it well The
Brotherhood of the Bomb, written by Gregg Herken, is a fascinating culmination of dogged research regarding the intertwined lives of infamous scientists J Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller It offers rare glimpses into the often volatile personalities of these three men and their followers, citing recently unclassified documents and information to support the author s claims I was surprised to learn of Oppenheimer s early ties to Communism, Lawrence s insatiable thirst for Brotherhood of the Bomb, written by Gregg Herken, is a fascinating culmination of dogged research regarding the intertwined lives of infamous scientists J Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Law

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  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Brotherhood of the Bomb
  • Gregg Herken
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 080506589X