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A monumental biography of a complex and brilliant yet highly flawed man, American Prometheus recounts the life of the director of the Manhattan Project who developed the atomic bomb.
Physicist and polymath, as familiar with Hindu scriptures as he was with quantum mechanics, J. Robert Oppenheimer - director of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb - was the most famous scientist of his generation.
In their meticulous and riveting biography, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin reveal a brilliant, ambitious, complex and flawed man, profoundly involved with some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 627 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 45 mm
'A riveting account of one of history's most essential and paradoxical figures.' - Christopher Nolan
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