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The man who would be God Hardcover – 1959


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  • Hardcover: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AW3DG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,030,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill EuDaly on July 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Haakon Chevalier earned a place in history through his friendship with the "Father of the Atomic Bomb," Robert Oppenheimer. Both men were faculty members at Berkeley during the tumultuous 1930's. Chevalier taught French, and the charismatic Oppenheimer enjoyed a world-class reputation in the physics department.
Their friendship was in part due to a mutual interest in left-wing causes. Both became active in the Teacher's Union and Communist front activities.
During World War Two Oppenheimer headed The Manhattan Project. Chevalier approached him at a party and (according to Oppenheimer) offered to convey secret information to the Soviets. To Oppenheimer this was treason and he refused. Unfortunately, he did not report the incident. Under intense pressure Oppenheimer eventually named Chevalier. Chevalier claimed that he felt Oppenheimer had mischaracterized their conversation and had thus betrayed him. Their friendship was shattered.
"The Man Who Would Be God" is Chevalier's fictional treatment of "The Oppenheimer Affair."
Sebastian Bloch is a renowned physicist who is tapped to oversee "Operation Crossroads," a top-secret project to build a new secret weapon during the Second World War. A humanitarian, he is tormented by his involvement in the machinery of modern war and mass death. He is also under threat of losing his security clearance because of his past leftist sympathies.
Bloch is of course based on Oppenheimer and many of the incidents in the Oppenheimer/Chevalier Affair are recognizable. There are battles with security agents as the ominous shadow of The Bomb looms over all.
"The Man Who Would BeGod" was published in 1959. Oppenheimer was still alive and the Cold War was in full-swing.
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