A story of discovery, secrecy, impossible choices and unimaginable destruction: Robert Oppenheimer, his life and the first atomic bomb.
Ray Monk is the author of Ludwig Wittgenstein- The Duty of Genius, for which he won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Duff Cooper Award. His previous work includes Bertrand Russell- The Spirit of Solitude.
"An extraordinarily rich biography, superbly researched and written with impressive clarity." The Times "You don't need to know your quantum physics to be gripped by Monk's doorstop study of the momentous life of J Robert Oppenheimer... Monk serves his subject well by sparing us neither the worst nor the best in him." -- Ed Caesar Sunday Times "Superlative." -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Illuminating." Nature "[A] fine biography... Oppenheimer has already been served well by biographers. However, Monk here takes the scholarship to a new level." BBC History Magazine