Two ambitious men. One historic mission.With a blinding flash in the New Mexico desert in the summer of 1945, the world was changed forever. The bomb that ushered in the atomic age was the product of one of history's most improbable partnerships. The General and the Genius reveals how two extraordinary men pulled off the greatest scientific feat of the twentieth century. LTwo ambitious men. One historic mission.With a blinding flash in the New Mexico desert in the summer of 1945, the world was changed forever. The bomb that ushered in the atomic age was the product of one of history's most improbable partnerships. The General and the Genius reveals how two extraordinary men pulled off the greatest scientific feat of the twentieth century. Leslie Richard Groves of the Army Corps of Engineers, who had made his name by building the Pentagon in record time and under budget, was made overlord of the impossibly vast scientific enterprise known as the Manhattan Project. His mission: to beat the Nazis to the atomic bomb. So he turned to the nation's preeminent theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer—the chain-smoking, martini-quaffing son of wealthy Jewish immigrants, whose background was riddled with communist associations—Groves's opposite in nearly every respect. In their three-year collaboration, the iron-willed general and the visionary scientist led a brilliant team in a secret mountaintop lab and built the fearsome weapons that ended the war but introduced the human race to unimaginable new terrors. And at the heart of this most momentous work of World War II is the story of two extraordinary men—the general and the genius....
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The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer — The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb Reviews
This book was an even more absorbing read then I expected. It illustrates how two dynamic people of different backgrounds, skill sets and personalities combined their efforts and talents to create what is arguably the greatest and controversial invention of the modern era. While so much credit needs to be given to Dr. Robert Oppenheimer for his work in the creation of the atomic bomb, as much credit needs to go to General Leslie Groves for having the ability to assemble a team of highly skilled scientists and give them the resources they needed to complete their mission. Gen. Groves demonstrated considerable organizational skill and leadership. This book could actually be used as a management guide and should be required reading for anyone in a management position of a large program or project. I found the ending to be a bit unsettling though. It is telling how great people are called upon in times of crisis to perform extraordinary feats and accomplishments and then are discarded once the crisis is past. The very skills and traits which make these people rise to the occasion are the same traits which make them outcast when the crisis is over.
Superb biographic history. Although the title emphasizes the personalities, the book also (moreso) is an excellent history of the development of the bomb. Kunetka is a fine storyteller who clearly did his homework. I thoroughly enjoyed both the biographic interaction of Groves and Oppenheimer, and the well-crafted stories of the establishment of Los Alamos and the building of the atomic bomb.
Great story of an amazing feat. from a different perspective.
I really enjoyed this book. Much of what I have read has either focused on the strictly technical/scientific aspect of the work, Richard Feynman's part of the work and how he dealt with his ailing wife during the project, the decision to use the bomb, and drop the second one, the after effects of dropping the bomb/having the bomb.This book does delve into some of the technical aspects (arguments over the gun vs implosion, and the different detonating devices etc) but not in an overly technical way, so that people with no science or technical backgrounds will still understand it. It talks about the challenges, the sheer infrastructure and logistics involved in the challenge, the bottlenecks caused by uranium and plutonium productions, the arguments between people who would go on to be seen as geniuses in the field. It is a lot about personalities. How they interacted, how they reacted to different decisions and situations. It is mostly about the relationship between Groves, a hard driving, get it done goal oriented career military man who wanted the weapon to end WWII, before the Germans developed something and then after the Germans' surrender wanted to use the device before the Army invaded Japan - at the presumed cost of thousands of lives American as well as Japanese, and Oppenheimer, a brilliant scientist who lurked at the edges of the physics of his day, ambitious, but never quite achieving the peer recognition he aimed for, chain smoking, self doubting, nervous introvert not necessarily ready for the roll he was thrust in. It detailed the effort Groves put in to pump up, enable and shelter Oppie. Groves almost is a guardian/father to Oppie when he most needs the unwavering support.The end of the book, wraps up with the post war hearings, the second guessing, the moral dilemmas, the vilification of some players, how Oppenheimer in his vocalizations for the need for control of these massive weapons, becomes shut out of the process, Groves pissing off and alienating Eisenhower. It tells of the "rest of life" summary of various key people, and it summarizes the legacies- not just in terms of atomic warfare and weaponry but also how this was the first large scale government funded scientific endeavor, the use of committees formed to make decisions and manage the different groups of people that are then disbanded and new ones formed as the project moves forward in science research.Once again, I really recommend this book, I learned a lot, and not jsut about the building of a bomb.
Excellent book, great topic and very readable. I enjoyed the well researched and entertaining narrative. The author is a historian at the Los Alamos lab and used his sources well. I find the "Manhattan project" endlessly fascinating as it was the most ambitious and difficult undertaking in our nations history. The residual effects of the project will be felt forever. I believe the project that ended WWII was largely successful due to the brilliance and direction of General Leslie Groves and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. Highly recommended.
Well done overview,examination of relationship between the general and genius. A little too much detail in middle chapters-but for me emotional chapter toward the conclusion.The two men, so different but both committed, was an unparalleled relationship . Their work changed the world.Read it and you will gain an understanding of two exceptional men and what they accomplishedJim.
Wonderful book. Three books in one in a way, the science, the logistics of building the lab and team and the personalities involved. This is a big, complicated tale and Kunetka weaves it into a very human and compelling story.
Definitely worth a borrow. This is history "read forward" as if outcome wasn't inevitable. Not an apologetic for why we should or shouldn't have dropped atomic bombs, or of Oppenheimer's later life, but focused on the actual period of design-build.
awesome read about the development of the a bomb.
Well written. Full of information. I expected a good read but it was an excellent read. Strongly recommend.