Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Seven books to demystify J. Robert Oppenheimer

Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos as well as two books of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp and punchlines, and two scholarly cinema studies monographs, Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Hollywood War Films and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema.

At LitHub Tucker tagged seven books about J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project. One title on the list:
Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb

A wide-ranging, dense history of the Manhattan Project, this tome also won the Pulitzer Prize and is widely considered the best book on the subject. Oppenheimer plays a central role in the middle portions of the book, as the director at Los Alamos, and is perfect those readers wanting to better understand the scale of the scientist’s work as it fits into the larger context of the creation of the atomic bomb.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue