The true story of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s journey from driven and ambitious scientist to remorseful and tormented man struck hard by the gravity of what he had done. Oppenheimer was tapped to direct the weapons laboratory at Los Alamos during the infamous Manhattan Project, the government research project formed to create the atomic bomb. The narrative centerpiece of To End All War is the Trinity test in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945. For Oppenheimer, the successful detonation of the first atom bomb validates years of tireless work. But in this moment of seeming triumph — as the first mushroom cloud ever seen envelops the pre-dawn sky — Oppenheimer sees before him a destructive power of almost supernatural magnitude. As he would say later, he feels he has become “death, the destroyer of worlds…” and life will never be the same.

Christopher Cassel

Christopher Cassel
Liz Cole
Molly O’Brien
Elizabeth Fischer
Noah Oppenheim

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