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A Life in Twilight: The Final Years of J. Robert Oppenheimer Hardcover – Import, 11 Nov 2008


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A Life in Twilight is a sensitive, engaging, and wonderfully readable rendering of the sad final decade of an American patriot brutalized by the destructive politics of the McCarthy era. As such, it is a welcome and vitally important contribution to our understanding of this complex man as well as of some of the consequences to our society when we allow government officials to use fear as a political weapon.”
---Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, 2006 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

“The story of Robert Oppenheimer’s last years as told by Mark Wolverton makes an intense, compelling book. We need reminding of the price this country paid for the hounding of a great man: not just for the paranoia and vindictiveness of scoundrels like J. Edgar Hoover and Lewis Strauss, Oppenheimer’s chief persecutors, but for the way others---from President Eisenhower down---allowed the disaster to happen.”

---Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon’s Trumpet, Portrait of a Decade, and Make No Law

A Life in Twilight cuts through the myth of the tragic, guilt-ridden scientist to offer a convincing account of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life and activities after the Atomic Energy Commission labeled him a ‘security risk’ in 1954. This readable and well-researched book illuminates the personality of one of the more enigmatic, controversial, and endlessly fascinating figures of twentieth-century U.S. history. Mark Wolverton also conveys a vivid picture of America’s political crosscurrents, scientific and academic communities, and media-driven popular culture in the 1950s and early ’60s.”

---Paul Boyer, author of By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age

About the Author

Mark Wolverton is the author of The Depths of Space and The Science of Superman. His articles on science, technology, and history have appeared in Scientific American, American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Air & Space Smithsonian, Skeptical Inquirer, Quest, and American History, among other magazines. He is also an accomplished dramatist and lives near Philadelphia.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (11 November 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312374402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312374402
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
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