Oppenheimer’s life is an interesting look at the power of government


American Prometheus

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer– by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin is an interesting look at Oppenheimer who was practically deified after World War II only to end up being viewed with suspicion and distrust by that same government in about 10 years.

Oppenheimer was caught by two major movements in the U.S.: the move to more liberal ideas in the 1930s in response to the Great Depression and then the swing in the 1950s to being fearful of those same liberal ideas. There was also the confusion in the 1930s of the true nature of the Stalin, which many liberals ignored and then the fear that anyone who was on back then might still be one in the 1950s.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize.

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