A gripping narrative of the affection and betrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, informed in the course of the lives of 3 designated women.
Set opposed to a dramatic backdrop of conflict, spies, and nuclear bombs, An Atomic Love tale unveils a brilliant new view of a tumultuous period and one in every of its most crucial figures. within the early many years of the twentieth century, 3 hugely formidable ladies chanced on their method to the West Coast, the place each one was once destined to collide with the younger Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose paintings in developing the atomic bomb may ceaselessly effect sleek historical past. His first and so much excessive love used to be for Jean Tatlock, even though he married the tempestuous Kitty Harrison—both have been contributors of the Communist Party—and was once rumored to have had a scandalous affair with the bright Ruth Sherman Tolman, ten years his senior and the spouse of one other celebrated physicist. even supposing every one have been attached via their dating to Oppenheimer, their reviews mirror vital alterations within the lives of yankee ladies within the twentieth century: the clash among profession 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 choice of firsthand debts, this intimate portrait stocks the tragedies, betrayals, and romances of an fascinating guy and 3 daring ladies, revealing how they driven to the very leading edge of social and cultural adjustments in a desirable, unstable era.
"Through diligent learn, amazing insights, and transparent, incisive writing, Streshinsky and Klaus have deepened our knowing of Robert Oppenheimer's emotional lifestyles and loves. to realize his interesting complexity, readers drawn to the twentieth century's so much interesting American scientist needs to now complement the various biographical Oppenheimer tomes with this magnificent concise and specific booklet. an individual 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 diversity of Robert Oppenheimer’s existence emerges, a deeper and richer view of 1 of the pivotal figures of the twentieth century.” —Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
“It is very unlikely to work out Robert Oppenheimer complete with no knowing the 3 nice loves of his lifestyles. A closed e-book to many of the global, he opened himself to those 3 ladies, 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 seriously acclaimed writer of 3 works of nonfiction and 4 historic novels. As a journalist and trip essayist, she has written greatly for Redbook, Glamour, maintenance, American history, the yank pupil, 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 overdue photojournalist Ted Streshinsky and has 3 grown young ones. She lives in Kensington (Berkeley), California.
Patricia Klaus obtained her PhD in glossy British heritage from Stanford the place she really expert in women’s stories, the background of marriage, and the examine of battle and literature. She has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the collage of Virginia and has released scholarly papers as regards to girls. Klaus lives along with her husband and sons on a farm in Sonoma County, California.