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  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer | Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
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    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
  • Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center | Ray Monk

    Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ray Monk
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
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    Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb – a breakthrough that was to have eternal ramifications for mankind and that made Oppenheimer the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” But with his actions leading up to that great achievement, he also set himself on a dangerous collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch-hunters. In Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, Ray Monk, author of peerless biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, goes deeper than any previous biographer in the quest to solve the enigma of Oppenheimer’s motivations and his complex personality.

    david says: "Nearly Perfect"
  • In the Name of Security: Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer | Peter Goodchild

    In the Name of Security: Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Goodchild
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce, Amy Pietz, John de Lancie, and others
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    In the Name of Security re-opens three famous spy cases that rocked America between 1948 and 1954: Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Each hour-long program combines dramatic re-enactments based on original trial transcripts, archival material, new evidence, the latest assessments of American historians and scientists, and the commentaries of relatives and friends of the accused.

    Gwynne says: "Wonderful history lesson, told with verve"
  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos | Jennet Conant

    109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
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    They were told as little as possible. Their orders were to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and report for work at a classified Manhattan Project site, a location so covert it was known to them only by the mysterious address: 109 East Palace.

    John says: "Great Listen"
  • The Real Dr. Strangelove | Peter Goodchild

    The Real Dr. Strangelove

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter Goodchild
    • Narrated By Simon Templeman, Joe Spano, John de Lancie
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    The birth of Armageddon. The first H-bomb detonates and the proud father is Edward Teller. But he's on a collision course with Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the bomb that obliterated Hiroshima. Now Oppenheimer has turned pacifist and the government will stop at nothing to "neutralize" him. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jordan Baker, Corey Brill, John de Lancie, Reed Diamond, J. Michael Flynn, Raphael Sbarge, Joe Spano, Matt St. James, Simon Templeman, Granville Van Dusen, Geoffrey Wade and Margaret Welsh.

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