The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer -- The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb

The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer -- The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb

by James Kunetka

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The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer -- The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb by James Kunetka

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 Oppenheimer—the chain-smoking, martini-quaffing son of wealthy Jewish immigrants, whose background was riddled with communist associations—Groves'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 men—the general and the genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573388
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 508,714
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

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

Notes 421

References 451

Index 465

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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