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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)

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San Francisco Chronicle, October 13, 2002

"'Brotherhood of the Bomb' is at once an absorbing history of a perilous time, a political thriller and a moral lesson for the future."

New York Times "Book Review," September 15, 2002

"...The most commanding history yet written of the internal politics of the United States during the early years of the nuclear age..."

Washington Post "Book World," September 15, 2002"

"Herken writes with an assurance that enables him to cover a lot of ground swiftly, and to paint the political scientific landscape in bold strokes...The story is well-crafted and meticulously researched..."

Richard Rhodes,
author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb:

"Brotherhood of the Bomb is fast-paced, deeply researched, and resolves many longtime mysteries. More authoritatively than any previous history, it reveals the unseemly ambitions and personal conflicts among American scientists and government leaders that accelerated the nuclear arms race."

Los Angeles Times "Book Review," October 6, 2002
"...Gregg Herken has written an immensely readable account of the lives of three physicists who led us into the Nuclear Age...Herken tells this story with great skill, making excellent use of copious sources...a well-written, well-documented, exciting and yet unhappy tale of a crucial encounter between science and politics."

"The New Yorker," October 10, 2002
"...meticulous...his research is impeccable, and he has uncovered important material suggesting that Oppenheimer, contrary to his denials, was in fact a Communist during the nineteen-thirties."

Booklist (starred review):
"Meticulous and authoritative...Herken had unprecedented access to the FBI's file on Oppenheimer. Making judicious, not voyeuristic, use of this source, Herken methodically examines the record of how Oppenheimer's enemies swirled around him and ultimately hanged him...This conflicted confluence of science with politics structures Herken's painstakingly researched and dispassionate presentation, a work in the league of Richard Rhodes' Dark Star."