American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
Alfred A. Knopf
Published: April 2005
“American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin was published in 2005 and earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Bird is a journalist and author who has written several books including a recent biography of Jimmy Carter. Sherwin was a professor of history until his death in 2021.
Fascinated by the atomic age and nuclear proliferation, Sherwin began working on this book in the late 1970s and eventually asked Bird for assistance bringing the project to fruition. Built on a foundation of extraordinary research, the authors combed through thousands of once-classified documents, conducted more than 100 interviews and reconstructed seemingly contradictory historical threads in order to…
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