109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the US government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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. Through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of Oppenheimer's first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he developed into an inspiring leader and motivated all those involved in the Los Alamos project to make a supreme effort and achieve the unthinkable.

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Jennet Conant is the author of Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist and 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. 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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The audiobook's title identifies the office of the Los Alamos, New Mexico, site that planned and built the first atomic bomb, known as the Manhattan Project. Anne Twomey recounts the story of the bomb's production in a deep, quiet voice, sometimes nearing a whisper--a narration perfect for the secret undertaking. Her measured pace contrasts with the urgency the bomb-makers felt to produce the world's biggest explosion. The sixty years of distance from the events under discussion allow the author to focus on the scientists who participated and on the aftermath felt by the world. Simple but engaging language makes this production ideal for a general audience interested in American history. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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