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Very recently, there have been excellent biographies of Einstein (Walter Isaacson's Einstein) and Oppenheimer (Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus). So, what new information can be found in this combined treatment? The question posed in Schweber's preface is intriguing: "How did Einstein and Oppenheimer try to remain relevant after they had made their singular contributions?" After experiencing their greatest achievements, both men had sometimes exalted, sometimes tumultuous careers. Both were parts of a scientific and political community uniquely engaged in the beginning of the Cold War nuclear arms race. Schweber (history of ideas, Brandeis Univ.) examines selective parts of their later careers (for example, Einstein's role in the founding of Brandeis University, Oppenheimer's work with the interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Studies) and portrays them as key figures in their sociopolitical times, who wore their iconic credentials with great pride-and maybe sometimes hubris. This book is more about the times than it is about these historic figures, and as such it provides insight and perspective but not so much discovery or conclusiveness. For larger academic libraries with collection strengths in the history of science.