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

By Jennet Conant
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Simon & Schuster, (5/2/2006)
Language:English



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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thousands of men, women, and children spent the war years sequestered in this top-secret military facility. They lied to friends and family about where they were going and what they were doing, and then disappeared into the desert. Through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of Oppenheimer's first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he developed into an inspiring leader and motivated all those involved in the Los Alamos project to make a supreme effort and achieve the unthinkable.
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CagneyC's thoughts on "109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos"
updated on:9/19/2010

Having grown up in Los Alamos and being used to the allocation of homes that was the norm there for nearly twenty years, I found this book very interesting.  My time there was shortly after the period described in this book, but much of the "secret town" aspects are familiar, as are several of the people.  Descriptions of the early town and the machinations that were used to keep it a secret were especially interesting.  I wonder how much harder it would be to keep these secrets today than it was in the 1940's.

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"109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos"
By Jennet Conant

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