American Prometheus

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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2005. Twenty-five years in the making, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. It also won the 2008 Duff Cooper Prize.

The book's title refers to the legend of Prometheus, as mentioned in Scientific Monthly in September 1945:

Modern Prometheans have raided Mount Olympus again and have brought back for man the very thunderbolts of Zeus.

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