American Prometheus

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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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AuthorKai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
2005
Pages721
ISBN978-0375726262
OCLC249029647
530.092
LC ClassQC16.O62 B57 2005

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 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[1] It also won the 2008 Duff Cooper Prize, Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and Discover Magazine Best Science Book of the Year.

Background[edit]

The book was compiled and researched for two decades by Martin J. Sherwin before Kai Bird was brought on to put it together in a cohesive and readable format.

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."

Release[edit]

It is 721 pages from start to finish in the May 2006 paperback edition, but it also includes 32 pages of photographs.

The first edition also has 721 pages.

Film adaptation[edit]

The book is set to be adapted into the 2023 biographical film Oppenheimer.[2]

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