Brotherhood of the Bomb

The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller

Gregg Herken

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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 documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.

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Praise for Brotherhood of the Bomb

"The most commanding history yet written of the internal politics of the United States during the early years of the nuclear age . . . an enthralling narrative." -The New York Times Book Review

"The story is well-crafted and meticulously researched, drawing on recently declassified FBI files and documents, and it moves at a helter-skelter pace . . . a gripping account of three tangled lives." -The Washington Post World

"A well-written, well-documented, exciting and yet unhappy tale of a crucial encounter between science and politics."-Los Angeles Times

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Gregg Herken

Gregg Herken is a curator and historian at the Smithsonian Institution and has taught at Oberlin, Caltech, and Yale. He is the author of The Winning Weapon, Counsels of War , and Cardinal Choices and received a MacArthur grant for this book. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Brotherhood of the Bomb
The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller
Gregg Herken

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Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book
September 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805065893
ISBN10: 080506589X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 480 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$20.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
August 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466851559
ISBN10: 1466851554
464 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99
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