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A biographical study of the "father of the atomic bomb" traces the life and career of physicist Robert Oppenheimer and discusses his role in the Manhattan Project and his political problems during the 1950s
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Grade 6-9-- Since Oppenheimer and many of his associates wrote voluminous memoirs, it has been relatively easy for biographers to present well-fleshed accounts of their thoughts and feelings as well as their actions. This book provides a bit more background information and a bit less of the colorful personalities involved, and is written at a lower reading level than the others currently in print. Writing in a succinct style, Driemen successfully vivifies Oppenheimer through a chronological approach, using anecdotes and reminiscences only as necessary illustrations of important points. People are paraphrased rather than quoted. Technical details are minimal; the main story is the social/political organization of the extremely difficult work of bomb development. The photographs are particularly well-chosen and well-keyed to the text, and typeface and design make the book visually appealing. An appendix includes a chronology of Oppenheimer's life and a selected bibliography. The index is complete. Larsen's Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb (Watts, 1988) and Peter Goodchild's J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds (Fromm, 1985) are longer, with more details of the personalities and many quotations, but a bit less analytical. Perhaps few middle school students will seek out information on the "father of the atomic age," but those who do will find this a biography worthy of its subject. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Marysville, Wash.
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Book Description Dillon Pr, 1989. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110875183972
Book Description Dillon Pr, 1989. Library Binding. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0875183972