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During his lifetime, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) was called "the father of the atomic bomb" and derided as a traitor and communist fellow traveler. Even now, decades later, the leader of the Manhattan Project remains a subject of sometimes intense controversy. In this major new biography, Roy Monk (Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius) uses original research and extensive interviews to describe Oppenheimer's strange mix of intellectual influences and talents. Nuanced and even-handed, this book gives us our best access yet into one of the most fascinating scientists and public figures of the twentieth century.