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An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life

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A gripping narrative of the love and betrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, told through the lives of three unique women.

Set against a dramatic backdrop of war, spies, and nuclear bombs, An Atomic Love Story unveils a vivid new view of a tumultuous era and one of its most important figures. In the early decades of the 20th century, three highly ambitious women found their way
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Published September 8th 2013 by Turner Publishing Company (first published September 3rd 2013)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
An Atomic Love Story is a story about three women that each was destined to meet a young J. Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist who would be called the father of the atomic bomb. The first woman was Jean Tatlock, Oppenheimer's first real love, the second women were Kitty Harrison who he married and the third women was the brilliant Ruth Sherman-Tolman, who was married to a fellow physicist, even though there is no proof that they had a love affair, but they were very close friends for su ...more
Scott Kardel
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I had the good fortune (here on GoodReads) to win an uncorrected proof copy of An Atomic Love Story - the Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life by Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus. It is an engaging tale of the life and loves of Oppenheimer, the man who directed the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb.

Streshinsky and Klaus have taken on an ambitious task of telling the narrative of the four characters who's lives are intertwined. It is a rich history that spans mos
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Michelle
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads first reads giveaway. An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life was a gripping and powerful read. What captivated me at the very beginning was the time period that three women were making extraordinary differences and were on a road that would intercept Robert Oppenheimer's life. The social classes that were hinged on so much more than what so many of us think impacted a greater world. The brilliance of not only Robert Oppenheime ...more
Nancy Butts
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This is the third biography of Oppenheimer that I’ve read: and the most unusual in that it focuses not on him directly, but on three pivotal women in his life—his lover Jean Tatlock, his wife Kitty, and his dear friend Ruth Tolman [who was rumored to be his lover as well, although the authors conclude that she was not]. The authors did exhaustive research, and they did uncover one or two new things I hadn’t read elsewhere. But on the whole, I was disappointed. I have always wanted to know more a ...more
John Flynn
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
research for Oppenheimer -
Tom Leland
If you're hugely into Oppenheimer's story, no doubt you'll enjoy this.
But in the end, even a renowned physicist is a human being, with all the usual emotional foibles
and conflicts and challenges most of us have. I wasn't any more enthralled by the dynamics Oppenheimer had with two other women than I would be with most any similar person's story; because I didn't see any particular influence they had on his work -- so a complex and brilliant mind felt intense connections to similarly brilliant a
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Jeanette
Whoa, if you'd want to read a non-fiction book about extremely complex people of the American Elite and how they conducted their lives in the first half of the 20th Century? Then you have it here in spades.

No synopsis of this work here in review, but just some thoughts after reading this highly detailed account of the women in Robert Oppenheimer's life and such a finely chiseled and researched image of Robert himself.

I kept thinking of Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory. If he had honed a quiet, per
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Helen Machuga
This book reminds me of college research papers when a student has spent so much time researching a topic that every little bit of information is very important to him/her. Then the student turns it in or gives it to another student to proof and is told cut it in half - way too much unnecessary detailed information. Unfortunately, the cut in half part never happened with this book.

I also had problems reading detailed histories of young people before I was told why they were important to the sto
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Anita
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meticulously researched, well-written, and wholly engaging. At time a bit confusing and overwhelming with unnecessary detail. The portrayal of two of the three loves is warm and flattering, the third less so, but a beautiful tale of how both academic and non-academic women played critical roles in Robert Oppenheimer's life.
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Shirley Streshinsky is a novelist, biographer,and journalist who has been widely published in the U.S. and abroad.

Her non-fiction books include the biography AUDUBON, LIFE AND ART IN THE AMERICAN WILDERNESS. Her first book was AND I ALONE SURVIVED, based on the experience of the sole survivor of a small plane crash in the Sierra Nevada mountains, (with Lauren Elder), Literary Guild selection, Read
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