The General and the Genius, James  Kunetka
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The General and the Genius
Groves and Oppenheimerthe Unlikely Partnership That Built the Atom Bomb

Author: James Kunetka

Unabridged: 14 hr 5 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 11/03/2015


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 historys 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 nations preeminent theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimerthe chain-smoking, martini-quaffing son of wealthy Jewish immigrants, whose background was riddled with communist associationsGrovess 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.