American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Alfred A. Knopf, 719 pages, 2005, $35.
The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer: And the Birth of the Modern Arms Race, by Priscilla J. McMillan. Viking, 384 pages, 2005, $25.95.
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