An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert by Shirley Streshinsky,Patricia Klaus

By Shirley Streshinsky,Patricia Klaus

A gripping narrative of the affection and betrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, advised during the lives of 3 distinctive women.

Set opposed to a dramatic backdrop of conflict, spies, and nuclear bombs, An Atomic Love tale unveils a bright new view of a tumultuous period and considered one of its most vital figures. within the early many years of the 20 th century, 3 hugely bold ladies stumbled on their solution to the West Coast, the place every one was once destined to collide with the younger Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose paintings in growing the atomic bomb might eternally impression sleek background. His first and such a lot extreme love was once for Jean Tatlock, even though he married the tempestuous Kitty Harrison—both have been participants of the Communist Party—and used to be rumored to have had a scandalous affair with the intense Ruth Sherman Tolman, ten years his senior and the spouse of one other celebrated physicist. even supposing every one have been attached via their courting to Oppenheimer, their stories replicate vital adjustments within the lives of yank ladies within the twentieth century: the clash among occupation and marriage; the necessity for a girl to outline herself independently; experimentation with sexuality; and the expansion of profession opportunities.

Beautifully written and fantastically researched via a wealthy selection of firsthand money owed, this intimate portrait stocks the tragedies, betrayals, and romances of an captivating guy and 3 daring ladies, revealing how they driven to the very vanguard of social and cultural alterations in a desirable, risky era.

"Through diligent study, remarkable insights, and transparent, incisive writing, Streshinsky and Klaus have deepened our knowing of Robert Oppenheimer's emotional lifestyles and loves. to appreciate his interesting complexity, readers drawn to the 20 th century's so much interesting American scientist needs to now complement the various biographical Oppenheimer tomes with this incredible concise and particular e-book. someone with the slightest curiosity in Oppenheimer's biography will be unable to place it down." —Martin J. Sherwin, co-author of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

“An Atomic Love tale is a narrative of many loves. an entire new variety of Robert Oppenheimer’s existence emerges, a deeper and richer view of 1 of the pivotal figures of the 20 th century.” —Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“It is most unlikely to work out Robert Oppenheimer complete with out knowing the 3 nice loves of his lifestyles. A closed e-book to many of the global, he opened himself to those 3 girls, exhibiting them the intensity and depth of his eager for the intimacies of the spirit in addition to these of the flesh. An Atomic Love tale supplies us the lacking piece of the man.” —Patricia O’Toole, writer of The 5 of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His pals and whilst Trumpets name: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House

Shirley Streshinsky is the significantly acclaimed writer of 3 works of nonfiction and 4 old novels. As a journalist and go back and forth essayist, she has written greatly for Redbook, Glamour, maintenance, American history, the yankee student, and Condé Nast vacationer and has been featured on NPR. She is the recipient of the Society of journal Writers’ Award for Excellence and the nationwide Council for the development of schooling Writing Award. She used to be married to the past due photojournalist Ted Streshinsky and has 3 grown young children. She lives in Kensington (Berkeley), California.

Patricia Klaus got her PhD in sleek British heritage from Stanford the place she really expert in women’s experiences, the historical past of marriage, and the examine of warfare and literature. She has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the college of Virginia and has released scholarly papers with reference to girls. Klaus lives along with her husband and sons on a farm in Sonoma County, California.

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