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'Judging Edward Teller'
Date:10/25/2010

Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personified. Between these extremes was the life of the real man.

"JUDGING EDWARD TELLER is a serious, well researched attempt to interpret the enigmatic nature of a great scientist, one who had the courage to stand up for his beliefs," says G. A. Keyworth, II, science advisor to President Reagan, 1981󈟂. "It's a must read for those whose interests range from how America rose in the 1930's, through immigration, to become the world's leading nation in science, to how the H-bomb was developed, a most counter-intuitive invention, to how effective Soviet intelligence was in penetrating the Manhattan Project and its follow-on efforts, to just how close the U.S. came to losing to the Soviet Union it's post-war lead in nuclear weaponry."

In this definitive and comprehensive biographywith a foreword by Peter Lax, recipient of the National Medal of Science and the Abel Prize and an afterword by Richard Garwin, recipient of the National Medal of Science and the Enrico Fermi AwardHungarian scientist Istvan Hargittai, a personal acquaintance of Teller's, presents a balanced portrait of the multifaceted and enigmatic scientist against the backdrop of a turbulent period of history. Taking pains to avoid bias and preconceptions, Hargittai critically examines Teller's personality, family background, and the experiences that guided his actionscorrecting many of the myths that others and Teller himself promulgated.

Siegfried S. Hecker, professor (research), Stanford University, and director emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory calls JUDGING EDWARD TELLER "by far the best and most balanced treatment of the man, his work, and his influence. Splendid, fascinating, masterfulHargittai's insightful book will be instrumental in how one of the most gifted, influential, yet often despised scientists of the t
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