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

wentieth century will be judged." Hecker adds, "He brings to life both the charming and dark sides of Edward Teller I witnessed during my years at Los Alamos."

Drawing for the first time on hitherto unknown archival material from Hungarian, American, and German sources, Hargittai provides fresh insights that help the reader to understand Teller's motivations, his relationships with friends and foes, and his driven personality. In addition to this research and his own memories of Teller, Hargittai interviewed such prominent figures as Richard Garwin, Freeman Dyson, George A. Keyworth, and Wendy Teller (Edward Teller's daughter), among others.

The author reviews the significant facets of Teller's life: his Jewish-Hungarian origins, forced emigrations, brilliance in science, and devotion to the defense of the United States. Hargittai discusses Teller's ruthless Machiavellism in achieving his goals, which included his pivotal role in the creation of the hydrogen bomb and the second weapons laboratory at Livermore, as well as his damaging testimony against physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Teller's peers viewed this testimony as a betrayal and, in effect, sent him into internal exile, which Hargittai describes as more tormenting to Teller than his previous emigrations. He notes that Teller was sometimes called "a monomaniac with many manias," such as his fierce opposition to nuclear test bans during the Cold War and, toward the end of his life, his role as propagandist for the Strategic Defense Initiative. Yet, his very excesses may have in fact contributed to the demise of the Soviet Union.

Harold M. Agnew, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and former chairman of the US General Advisory Committee ACDA calls JUDGING EDWARD TELLER "a must read for those who wish an accurate accounting of Teller and his associates who led the free world into the nuclear era."

So who was Edward Tellerthe real "Dr. Strangelove," the drive
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