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Mini Book Review: American Prometheus, the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert OppenheimerAmerican Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whether judging this work as a personal biography, as a historical text or as a political thriller, it resonates on every level. The facts have been thoroughly researched and documented, and the prose is worthy of the man for whom poetry was as important as physics. It’s a long, slow read, but engagingly strung together by a mix touching, incisive, hilarious and enraging anecdotes. The portraits that emerge are that of a flawed and ambitious man who loved his country almost to a fault and of a country that loved and resented his genius in equal measure. The book and Oppenheimer’s story remain relevant as a window into the tortured relationship between science and America’s government.

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