American Prometheus

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kai Bird , Martin J. Sherwin
Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Technology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2007
# of Units: 21 CDs
Length: 26 hours, 30 minutes
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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress.
When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America’s nuclear secrets.
In this magisterial biography twenty-five years in the making, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the authors capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

Author Details

Author Details

Bird, Kai

Kai Bird is the co-author with Martin J. Sherwin of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (2005), which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. His other books include The Chairman: John J. McCloy, the Making of the American Establishment" (1992) and The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy & William Bundy, Brothers in Arms "(1998). Bird's many honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation. A contributing editor

Sherwin, Martin J.

Martin J. Sherwin is the Walter S. Dickinson Professor of English and American History at Tufts University and author of "A World Destroyed, the prize-winning study of Hiroshima and its legacies. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.