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

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Jennet Conant

Narrated By: Anne Twomey

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2005

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

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.
They were greeted by Dorothy McKibbin, an attractive widow who was the least likely person imaginable to run a front for a clandestine defense laboratory. They stepped through her threshold into a parallel universe -- the desert hideaway where Robert Oppenheimer and a team of world-famous scientists raced to build the first atomic bomb before Germany and bring World War II to an end.
Despite all the obstacles, Oppie managed to forge a vibrant community at Los Alamos through the sheer force of his personality. Dorothy devoted herself to taking care of him and his crew, and supported him through the terrifying preparations for the test explosion at Trinity and the harrowing aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In this deeply moving account, Conant reveals an enigmatic man, who served his country at tremendous personal cost and whose singular achievement, and subsequent undoing, is at the root of our present nuclear predicament.

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  • Anthony Rosati

    I liked the story very much however I would have been nice to hear more of the technical details of what went on there. I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Adam

    Very informative and an excellent read. Some books about this topic can be very boring--not this one.

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