American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

This Pulitzer prize winning biography chronicles the rise of physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer, the man in charge of the Manhattan Project.  This is a hefty book–26.5 hours as an audiobook–but the research and detail show through.  You get insight into his life, not just his time at Los Alamos but his childhood and later in life his fall from grace as a result of the McCarthyism so rampant after the war.  I enjoy history and biographies that have a lot of detail and the author manages to deliver that without losing the story or overwhelming the reader.  I knew a bit about Oppenheimer before reading this book but I now have a much better understanding of his life, impact and legacy. (Submitted by Braden).

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