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

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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the dazzlin, 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.

housands of en, me, 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 lips of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of Oppenheimer 's first recruits, we see how, for all his mistakes, 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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Published May 8th 2006 by Simon Schuster (first published 2005
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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
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Robert Oppenheimer and his tribe of scientists were charged ( secretly) with developing the atomic bomb.

Extreme measures were employed.Conant tells a detail-laden story of life on the mesa in a time of war and dange.

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It expounded upon the Bradbury Science Museum ’ s standard video, “ The own That Never Was, ” and included the context and history I had glimpsed in other places: articles from The Journa of the Atomic Scientists, Richard Feynman ’ s memoir, or the movie Infinity starring Matthew Broderick.As I was reading I couldn ’ t help but pick out quotes that would have backed up my point-of-view in past history papers ( I wrote on different angles of this same general subject many times).

Richard Feynman ’ s joke, Niels Bohr ’ s fatherly influence, and Klaus Fuch ’ s calm, deceptive ways were all interesting to read about.109 East Palace was a very readable, comprehensive book regarding Oppenheimer, Los Alamos, and the resident who lived there.

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Overall, this essa is worth reading if you 're into history/WWII.

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109 East Palace by Jennet Conant offers a fresh look at the storie of the Manhattan Project, America 's secret effort to build the Atom-bomb which eventually ended WWII.

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I really liked that the author focused on Dorthy McKibbin and Robert Oppenheimer to tell the storie.

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Conant, who administrated the Manhattan Project, tells the " human story " of the creation of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the improvement of the nuclear bomb near the nd of World War I.

Genius scientists are rarely known for their " people skills " ( Oppenheimer being a grand exception), but Conant is exceptionally sympathetic in her ortrayal of these often difficult personalities.

This is not a nove about the A-bomb ... it is a memoi about the community that created the A-bomb under some of the most interesting and strenuous circumstances humans could endure.I found particularly gratifying her discussion of the immediate aftermath of Los Alamos' success, describing fully the way the various key scientists reacted to the ombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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