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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

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Anne Twomey

6 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

May 2005

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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the US government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thousands of men, women, and children spent the war years sequestered in this top-secret military facility. They lied to friends and family about where they were going and what they were doing, and then disappeared into the desert. Through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of Oppenheimer's first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he developed into an inspiring leader and motivated all those involved in the Los Alamos project to make a supreme effort and achieve the unthinkable.

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  • Anthony Rosati

    I liked the story very much however I would have been nice to hear more of the technical details of what went on there. I would recommend it.

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  • Adam

    Very informative and an excellent read. Some books about this topic can be very boring--not this one.

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