Table of contents for American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer / by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.


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    Preface                                                 ix
    Prologue                                                    3

                        PART ONE

 1. "He Received Every New Idea as Perfectly Beautiful"         9
 2. "His Separate Prison"                                   29
 3. "I Am Having a Pretty Bad Time"                         41
 4. "I Find the Work Hard, Thank God, & Almost Pleasant"    56
 5. "I Am Oppenheimer"                                      68
 6. "Oppie"                                                 80
 7. "The Nim Nim Boys"                                      94

                        PART TWO

 8. "In 1936 My Interests Began to Change"                 111
 9. "[Frank] Clipped It Out and Sent It In"                128
10. "More and More Surely"                                 143
11. "I'm Going to Marry a Friend of Yours, Steve"          153
12. "We Were Pulling the New Deal to the Left"             166
13. "The Coordinator of Rapid Rupture"                     179
14. "The Chevalier Affair"                                 195

                       PART THREE

15. "He'd Become Very Patriotic"                           205
16. "Too Much Secrecy"                                     223
17. "Oppenheimer Is Telling the Truth ..."                 236
18. "Suicide, Motive Unknown"                              249
19. "Would You Like to Adopt Her?"                         255




20. "Bohr Was God, and Oppie Was His Prophet"              268
21. "The Impact of the Gadget on Civilization"             277
22. "Now We're All Sons-of-Bitches"                        290

                        PART FOUR

23. "Those Poor Little People"                             313
24. "I Feel I Have Blood on My Hands"                      323
25. "People Could Destroy New York"                        336
26. "Oppie Had a Rash and Is Now Immune"                   351
27. "An Intellectual Hotel"                                369
28. "He Couldn't Understand Why He Did It"                 391
29. "I Am Sure That Is Why She Threw Things at Him"        406
30. "He Never Let On What His Opinion Was"                 416
31. "Dark Words About Oppie"                               431
32. "Scientist X"                                          454
33. "The Beast in the Jungle"                              462

                         PART FIVE

34. "It Looks Pretty Bad, Doesn't It?"                     487
35. "I Fear That This Whole Thing Is a Piece of Idiocy"     498
36. "A Manifestation of Hysteria"                           523
37. "A Black Mark on the Escutcheon of Our Country"         538
38. "I Can Still Feel the Warm Blood on My Hands"           551
39. "It Was Really Like a Never-Never-Land"                 566
40. "It Should Have Been Done the Day After Trinity"        574
     Epilogue: "There's Only One Robert"                    589

     Author's Note and Acknowledgments                      593
     Notes                                                  601
     Bibliography                                           685
     Index                                                  700





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Oppenheimer, J, Robert, 1904-1967, Physicists United States Biography, Atomic bomb United States History, Science Political aspects United States History 20th century