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Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert
Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller (Henry
Holt and Co. 2002)
“Was Robert Oppenheimer a member of the Communist Party?”
Brotherhood of the Bomb is
the fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully
told for the first time. The story of the twentieth century is largely
the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story
is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer,
Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller - the scientists most responsible
for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science - and
its practitioners - enlisted in the service of the state during the
Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War?
The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally
about loyalty - to country, to science, and to each other - and about
the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came
of the Bomb is fast-paced, deeply researched, and resolves
many longtime mysteries..."
- Richard Rhodes, author of The Making
of the Atomic Bomb
Gregg Herken is professor of history
and a member of the founding faculty at the University of California,
Merced. He is the author of The Winning Weapon, Counsels of War, and
Cardinal Choices, and received a MacArthur research and writing grant
for this book. He
and his family live in Santa Cruz and Merced, California.