Publisher description for Brotherhood of the bomb the tangled lives and divided loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller / Gregg Herkan.


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Counter 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 into conflict.

Gregg Herken gives us the behind-the-scenes account based upon a decade of research, interviews, and newly released Freedom of Information Act and Russian documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Oppenheimer, J, Robert, 1904-1967, Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958, Teller, Edward, 1908-Physicists United States Biography, Atomic bomb United States History 20th century, Nuclear physics United States History 20th century