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'Groves's astuteness is most clearly demonstrated in that, in spite of every contraindication from the military security division whose value and function he supported and even overestimated, he selected Oppenheimer as scientific director ... Oppie knew in detail the research going on in every part of the laboratory, and was as excellent at analyzing human problems as the countless technical ones. He knew how to lead without seeming to do so.

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Leslie Groves is a social anthropologist and independent social development consultant who works with a variety of NGOs and donors.

Teller was born in Hungary in 1908 and educated in Germany. He came to the United States in 1935. A theoretical physicist, he worked on nuclear weapons during and after World War II, and was instrumental in the development of the hydrogen bomb.
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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 22, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306801892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306801891
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book in the early 1960's when it was first published. I was in engineering school then, in India, and my interest in reading the book was to learn the story of the greatest scientific achievement of the 20th century. The book is so fascinating and so readable that I read it in four hours without interruption and then went back to the first page and read it again in the next four hours. I wanted to memorize every event in the book, word for word. What fascinated me about the book was not only the scientific aspects of atomic energy and the development of the atom bomb, which are described in layman's terms, but the extraordinary skills and drive of General Leslie Groves in taking the project from concept to fruition, notwithstanding the sinister goal of the project. It is one of the best project management books I have ever read. It built in me a tremendous respect for the ability of Americans to carry out such a complex project in a time critical situation. Oppenheimer got all the glory of being the father of the atom bomb, but it was General Leslie Groves who was the driving force behind it. Without him the project would not have succeeded in such difficult times. I think the book should be a required reading in all business management schools.
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Gen. Groves deputy on the Manhatten Project, Gen. Keith Nichols, was once asked what he thought of he thought of Groves. He began by saying "Leslie Groves is the biggest son-of-a $%&%* I ever met in my life" and ended by saying that of all the people he'd met in his life, he didn't think any of them could have done as well as Groves in running the Manhatten Project. I think that if he'd been put in charge in Jan. of '43, instead of Sept., the war probably would have ended earlier, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. This book shows him at his egotistical best and worst, and is essential for understanding how and why the U.S. got the bomb before Japan was invaded. Just don't expect any modesty at all.
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I read this book in the early 1960's when it was first published. I was in engineering school then, in India, and my interest in reading the book was to learn the story of the greatest scientific achievement of the 20th century. The book is so fascinating and so readable that I read it in four hours without interruption and then went back to the first page and read it again in the next four hours. I wanted to memorize every event in the book, word for word. What fascinated me about the book was not only the scientific aspects of atomic energy and the development of the atom bomb, which are described in layman's terms, but the extraordinary skills and drive of General Leslie Groves in taking the project from concept to fruition, notwithstanding the sinister goal of the project. It is one of the best project management books I have ever read. It built in me a tremendous respect for the ability of Americans to carry out such a complex project in a time critical situation. Oppenheimer got all the glory of being the father of the atom bomb, but it was General Leslie Groves who was the driving force behind it. Without him the project would not have succeeded in such difficult times. I think the book should be a required reading in all business management schools.
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General Groves was the head of the Manhattan Project, which developed and built the atomic bomb during World War II. This book is his own version of how it happened. The book certainly confirms the legends about Groves being a colorful and determined individual. Groves shamelessly includes in the book a copy of a memo from a White House official saying that General Groves shouldn't be appointed head of the project, because he "lacked the necessary tact" to deal with the scientists! Groves gives an enjoyable and interesting account of what he did, and why he did it. He is self-serving on rare occasions, but doesn't hesitate to include incidents where he made a mistake. He also includes amusing stories such as the raid on Fort Knox for hundreds of tons of silver for wire to use in a sophisticated machine (copper was too hard to get due to its other uses in the war effort); and the tale of the Treasury Department auditors who required DuPont Corporation to return thirty-one cents of their one dollar profit on their "cost plus a dollar" project to construct a factory costing tens of millions of dollars. The flow of the book occasionally suffers, because Groves will break the continuity to follow a special topic all the way through to the end of the war. However it is still great reading. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject, or anyone interested in management of large projects.
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Groves presents the story of the Manhattan Project from the outset of the project through the bombing of Japan and follows-up with the post-war years. The first third of the book is very dry. There is a lot of discussion about construction and personnel that goes on and on, but don't give up! Once Groves gets past this the book really gets interesting. The workings of the project, the dealings between the scientists and the military men, the description of the lengths they went to to keep this gigantic mission secret are all fascinating. Groves himself comes across as an interesting man. While there is not a lot of emotion expressed, the persistence with which he pursued the goal, and his thinking along the way, say quite a lot about Groves. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the Manhattan Project.
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