Friday, 12 December 2014

An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life by Shirley Streshinsky

An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life by Shirley Streshinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An Atomic Love Story is a story about three women that each was destined to meet a young J. Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist who would be called “the father of the atomic bomb”. The first woman was Jean Tatlock, Oppenheimer's first real love, the second women were Kitty Harrison who he married and the third women was the brilliant Ruth Sherman-Tolman, who was married to a fellow physicist, even though there is no proof that they had a love affair, but they were very close friends for sure.
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This book was not that easy to read, I had a bit of problem getting into it, especially since I had some trouble in the beginning separating the women stories from each other because the book shifted its focus from them all the time, instead of reading about one women throughout her upbringing we got some info about her, jump to next, and so one and if you don’t have much knowledge about them before you read this book as I didn’t, then it can feel a bit too much info, to many new people all the time. This brings me to problem number 2, all the people! Relatives, friends and scientists (and of course scientist friends) show up through the book and I felt it was a nightmare keeping track on everyone.

But I still found the book interesting, a bit heavy to read sometimes, but Robert Oppenheimer was such an interesting person to read about and it was a great approach this book to read about three women who all had an impact on his life. I especially found Jean Tatlock fascinating and it was devastating to read about her death.

I recommend this book for people that would like to know more about Robert Oppenheimer!

I want to thank Turner Publishing Company and Edelweiss for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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