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I found this book in an excellent independent bookshop on the outskirts of Denver and was drawn in by the pitiable photograph of Robert Oppenheimer on the cover. This book details Oppenheimer's life, his role as 'father of the atomic bomb,' and the 1954 administrative hearing that permanently removed him from government service. Coincidentally, as the author points out, his hearing took place at the same time as the Army-McCarthy hearings, although Oppenheimer's hearing was largely conducted beh ...more