THE INSPIRATION FOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S NEW FILM OPPENHEIMER
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
A riveting account of one of history's most essential and paradoxical figures. - Christopher Nolan
Reads like a thriller, gripping and terrifying - Sunday Times
Physicist and polymath, as familiar with Hindu scriptures as he was with quantum mechanics, J. Robert Oppenheimer - director of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb - was the most famous scientist of his generation. In their meticulous and riveting biography, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin reveal a brilliant, ambitious, complex and flawed man, profoundly involved with some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.
Magisterial... There have been many books on Oppenheimer... but American Prometheus is the first to attempt to explore more than a single facet... It is a portrait of the man, the times, the science, and the politics... It is a vaulting ambition, and it is amply rewarded. - Judith Flanders, Spectator