Oppenheimer Resources Posted on July 31st, 2023 by

Amidst all the buzz about the new Oppenheimer movie, you might want to learn more. You can start by perusing these selected sources from the Gustavus Library and beyond…


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Call Number QC16.O62 B57 2005)
This Pulitzer Prize-winning biography was the inspiration for the 2023 Oppenheimer movie

The Atomic Bomb: Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Call Number D767.25.H6 A87 1989)

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Security Clearance Hearing (2002, eBook*)

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist (2000, eBook*)

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War (Call Number D767.25.N3 S68 2015)

Storytelling and Science: Rewriting Oppenheimer in the Nuclear Age (eBook*)

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The Bomb (PBS) (2015, Streaming video*)

The Day After Trinity (1981, DVD, Audiovisual QC16.O62 D39 2002)

Hiroshima: The Real History (BBC) (2015, Streaming video*)

White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (HBO) (2007, Streaming video*)

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Additional Resources

Nine Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Smithsonian Magazine, August 5, 2020)

Oppenheimer: Then and Now (U.S. Department of Energy, July 24, 2023)

Oppenheimer (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 2023 Special Issue)

Statement on the Department of Energy’s Oppenheimer Decision (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 11, 2023)

The Real History Behind Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” (Smithsonian Magazine, July 18, 2023)

Vacating 1954 Atomic Energy Commission Decision: In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Order from the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, December 16, 2022)

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