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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Men And Women Who Followed Him to the Secret City of Los Alamos

Conant, Jennet

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ISBN 10: 0743250079 / ISBN 13: 9780743250078
Published by Simon & Schuster, NY, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy with a fine dj, flat signed by author on the title page, 1st Edition, 2nd printing. Brilliant, handsome, extraordinarily charismatic, Oppenheimer based fhis unprecedented scientific enterprise in the high reaches of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hoping that the land of enchantement would conceal and inspire their bold mission. Corant captures all the exhilaration and drama of those perilous twenty seven months of Los Alamos, a secret city cut off from the rest of the society, ringed by barbed wire, where Oppenheimer and his young recruits lived as virtual prisioners of the U. S. government asthey race to build the first atomic bomb before Germany and bring WWII to an end. Illustrated with b/w photographs. xviii/424pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 002834

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Title: 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Collectible

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In 1943, Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government on a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Los Alamos was a secret city, a primitive barbed-wire-enclosed encampment whose makeshift dormitories and labs housed scientists, their young families, and some of the most advanced scientific equipment in the world. Thousands of men, women and children spent the war years sequestered in this top-secret military facility. They lied to friends and family about where they were going and what they were doing, and then disappeared into the desert. The women came to Los Alamos over the Army's objections. But Oppenheimer insisted it would be the only way to recruit the world-class physicists he needed and keep them reasonably sane and content during the many months - even years - it would take to create this new weapon. Conant shows how the stringent security, lack of privacy, spartan living conditions and loneliness of their isolated mountain hideaway drove some residents to the brink of despair. Yet only a handful gave up and left. Oppenheimer was a leader who, for all his flaws, inspired great devotion, and the author tells the story of the patriotism, sacrifice and triumph of the bomb project through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of his first and most loyal recruits.

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Jennet Conant is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington and Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. A former journalist, she has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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