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Two ambitious men. One historic mission.
With a blinding flash in the New Mexico desert in the summer of 1945, the world was changed forever. The bomb that ushered in the atomic age was the product of one of history's most improbable partnerships. The General and the Genius reveals how two extraordinary men pulled off the greatest scientific feat of the twentieth century. Leslie Richard Groves of the Army Corps of Engineers, who had made his name by building the Pentagon in record time and under budget, was made overlord of the impossibly vast scientific enterprise known as the Manhattan Project. His mission: to beat the Nazis to the atomic bomb. So he turned to the nation's preeminent theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimerthe chain-smoking, martini-quaffing son of wealthy Jewish immigrants, whose background was riddled with communist associationsGroves's opposite in nearly every respect. In their three-year collaboration, the iron-willed general and the visionary scientist led a brilliant team in a secret mountaintop lab and built the fearsome weapons that ended the war but introduced the human race to unimaginable new terrors. And at the heart of this most momentous work of World War II is the story of two extraordinary menthe general and the genius.
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About the Author
James W. Kunetka is a bestselling novelist and the author of two previous books about Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project. As a consultant at Los Alamos with top-secret clearance, he evaluated classified documents in the archives for their historical value. A retired associate vice president of the University of Texas, Mr. Kunetka lives in Austin.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1 July 16, 1945-Early Morning 1
Chapter 2 Revolutionary Developments 11
Chapter 3 General and Physicist 25
Chapter 4 The Extraordinary Partnership 45
Chapter 5 A Military Necessity 67
Chapter 6 Large-Scale Experiments 75
Chapter 7 The Los Alamos Primer 99
Chapter 8 Fortunate Choices 119
Chapter 9 All Possible Priority 141
Chapter 10 Splendid Isolation 171
Chapter 11 A Necessary Reorganization 193
Chapter 12 Converging Roads: 1945 225
Chapter 13 Race to the Finish 261
Chapter 14 Men Will See What We Saw 293
Chapter 15 Primary Targets 331
Chapter 16 The Extraordinary Working Relationship 375
Chapter 17 Retrospection: 2015 399
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this author's previous books on Los Alamos and Robert Oppenheimer and enjoyed them very much. Consequently, I was looking forward to Kunetka's latest book, The General and the Genius, and was not disappointed. The partnership between Army General Leslie Groves and scientist Robert Oppenheimer is fascinating and brilliantly captured by the author. The story of making the bomb in such a relatively short time is equally compelling and told in easy -to-understand language. I think this part of America's World War II history is very important for people to understand and appreciate and helps explain the challenges of controlling nuclear weapons today. Dennis Boyles