Step inside the minds of brilliant scientists, the corridors of power, and the harrowing consequences of the atomic bomb.


Oppenheimer. Poster of the 2023 movie and cover of the 2005 book, American Prometheus
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American Prometheus
Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin, 2005
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Christopher Nolan, 2023

The movie tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist who played a role in the Manhattan Project, resulting in the development of the atomic bomb.


Fat Man and Little Boy. Poster of the 1989 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Shadow Makers
Robert Marshall, 1990
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Roland Joffé, 1989

In reality, Robert Oppenheimer held the scientific leadership of the Manhattan Project, a covert wartime initiative located in New Mexico, responsible for the creation and construction of the initial atomic bombs. Overseeing the project as a whole was General Leslie Groves. This movie depicts the project’s events, focusing particularly on the dynamic between Oppenheimer and Groves.


Nightbreaker. Poster of the 1989 movie and cover of the 1980 book, Atomic Soldiers: American Victims Of Nuclear Experiments
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Atomic Soldiers: American Victims Of Nuclear Experiments
Howard L. Rosenberg, 1980
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Peter Markle, 1989

In 1956 on a desert not far from Las Vegas, the military conducts nuclear tests. Dr. Alexander Brown begins his career as a neurologist there, overseeing a top-secret project: studying the soldiers’ stress resistance near a hazardous atomic testing base. Back in the present day, Dr. Brown has become a wealthy and renowned neurologist, married to the beautiful Paula. Everything seems to be perfect, yet Paula struggles to comprehend her husband’s uncontrollable anxieties.


Day One. Poster of the 1989 movie and cover of the 1985 book, Day One: Before Hiroshima and After
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Day One: Before Hiroshima and After
Peter Wyden, 1985
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Joseph Sargent, 1989

The decision to employ the atomic bomb to conclude World War II was a highly contentious occurrence in human history. This acclaimed miniseries, which won an Emmy in 1989, vividly depicts the conflicts through outstanding performances by a talented cast.


Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb. Poster of the 1980 movie and cover of the 1977 book, Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima
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Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima
Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts, 1977
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David Lowell Rich, 1980

The movie revolves around the historical events related to the dropping of the atomic bomb during World War II. It provides insights into the decision-making process behind the deployment of the bomb, the clandestine nature of the mission, and the individuals who were involved in flying the aircraft that carried the bomb.


Adventures of a Mathematician. Poster of the 2020 movie and cover of the 1976 book
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Adventures of a Mathematician
Stanislaw M. Ulam, 1976
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Thorsten Klein, 2020

The warmhearted story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s. Stan deals with the difficult losses of family and friends all while helping to create the hydrogen bomb and the first computer.


Race for the Superbomb. Poster of the 1999 movie and cover of the 1996 book, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
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Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
Richard Rhodes, 1996
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Thomas Ott, 1999

Trapped in a cycle of destruction, scientists in the US and Soviet Union are competing to construct the hydrogen bomb. Robert Teller, the creator, justifies the bomb as a means of deterring a Soviet invasion, while Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi view it as a catastrophic weapon of mass destruction. People across the US are bracing for an impending war.

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LIONEL SHRIVER (Writer)