The Manhattan Project is a monumental event that changed the course of the world. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has hit theaters and fans can’t get enough. If you want to read books similar to the movie, then these are the 9 books to read after watching Oppenheimer!
The creation of the atomic bomb was kept in secrecy but now, we have a lot of information to what exactly happened. There are hundreds of books detailing every step. We have curated a list of books that will teach you almost everything that occurred to make the atomic bomb. You can see the full list below!
9 Books to Read After Watching Oppenheimer
- American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
- 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by Jennet Conant
- Hiroshima by John Hersey
- The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer: And the Birth of the Modern Arms Race by Priscilla Johnson McMillan
- The First Atomic Bomb: The Trinity Site in New Mexico (America’s Public Lands) by Janet Farrell Brodie
- Now It Can Be Told: The Story Of The Manhattan Project by Leslie R. Groves
- The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer – The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb by James Kunetka
- The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945 by Ferenc Morton Szasz
The Manhattan Project
Nolan’s movie has reignited conversation about the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb. This is what Nolan had to say about the movie
“My goal when making the film—I don’t make films to send a message, I made it because it’s a fascinating story,” Nolan said. “But part of that storytelling is getting back to basics about the bomb, stripping away policy statements, philosophy, the geopolitical situation and just looking at raw power that’s about to be unleashed and what that means for the people involved and means for all of us.”
It is hard to ignore how the atomic bomb changed the course of history and the future. Now, there is always a fear of a country of launching nukes. It is important to note how we got hear and all of the people that were involved in something that sounded like fiction before it was proven.
These are the 9 books to read after watching Oppenheimer to learn more about the Manhattan Project. The popularity of the movie has shown that the history behind it has piqued the interest of millions and how it ultimately came to be.