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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by [Jennet Conant]
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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition

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Length: 449 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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"The Manhattan Project was a chapter of history rich in the drama of human strengths and frailties, as Jennet Conant chronicles in her illuminating 109 East Palace.... Yet, for all the doubts and hardships, the scientists and workers at Los Alamos were part of something extraordinary.... Thanks to Conant's vivid book, we understand why."
-- BusinessWeek

"A haunting, beautifully realized and highly entertaining story.... A stunning accomplishment."
-- Edmonton Journal

"Terrifically engaging reading.... A story that, especially in times of uncertain security, we should read and heed."
-- San Jose Mercury News

"A unique and interesting portrait of the development of the atomic bomb and the brilliant man who oversaw the process.... Conant gives the reader one story after another, revealing the humanity of these people within the framework of the project that ushered the world into the Atomic Age.... Highly readable."
-- San Antonio Express-News

"Bears the weight of inexorable drama.... Excels in showing how bedeviled the brilliant, oddly spineless but extraordinarily powerful Oppenheimer was."
-- St. Petersburg Times

"A spellbinding account of a venture that often teetered on the brink while the future of the world lay at stake.... Vividly told, the interplay of personalities that would ultimately transform the world."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"More than any other account of Los Alamos that I've read, Conant's narrative evokes the texture of life there.... A well-told narrative of daily life in a top-secret operation."
-- Newsday

"An engaging portrait of life on the remote mesa that served as backdrop for the world's most audacious scientific enterprise.... Conant packs her book with colorful, little-known details that bring the quotidian side of the bomb-building effort to life."
-- Baltimore Sun --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Jennet Conant's profiles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She was given unrestricted access to Loomis' and Conant's papers, as well as to previously unpublished letters and documents, and she interviewed Loomis' many family members, friends, and colleagues. The granddaughter and grand niece of two of the scientists from the Tuxedo Park community, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University's School of Journalism. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor with her husband, "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft, and their son. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Print length : 449 pages
  • File size : 28425 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (1 November 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B000SELLQU
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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