American Prometheus

The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (26.50 hours)
Product Number: Z100098832
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483077338
Narrator/s: Jeff Cummings
Please log in to view pricing


J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. In this magisterial biography twenty-five years in the making, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the authors capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006

All formats/editions

Product Number EB00170065
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307424730

Professional reviews

"J. Robert Oppenheimer used his brilliant mind to organize and build the first atomic bomb. At war's end he faced a harder battle--suffering the '50s pogroms of Senator Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover for his and his wife's ties with the Communist Party. Oppy's life brought him into the spheres of the great intellectuals and politicos of the time. Although Jeff Cummings moves briskly, his phonetics never soften. Cummings faces a prodigious text with more facts, quotes, and testimony than fuzzy stories. He could have used theater voices for the rapid-fire Senate interrogations, but the tempo and detachment he assumes fit the task. He uses an unstudied gringo accent for the occasional Spanish names and words. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter