"Mary Palevsky has thrown new light on the history of the atomic age by recording the thoughts and memories of leading actors in the drama before they are all gone." Freeman Dyson, author of The Sun, the Genome, and the
Internet: Tools of Scientific Revolutions
"The author's quest for insight into her parents' lives has genuine emotional appeal. She is sensitive and carefulready to change her mind, reshape her approach. The result is a narrative that is honest and suspenseful. We know these questions will not have answers, but we remain fascinated with the attempt to resolve them."Ruth Lewin Sime, author of Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics
"An eloquent volume. Mary Palevsky has stimulated the greatest of the bomb builders to think and speak in new ways about the nuclear weapons they created and their meaning for mankind."Priscilla Johnson McMillan, Davis Center, Harvard University
"She is a very remarkable young woman, a help to all of us. I call her our ethnographer, visiting this strange tribe, befriending them, learning much from them, helping them!"David Hawkins, interviewee. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, the University of Colorado
"A timely approach to the great and controversial issues that arise from the creation of the atomic bomb. Her interviews are both extensive and penetrating, persistent yet sympathetic." Emily Morrison
A complex and thought-provoking dialogue about the intersection of science, history, conduct, and necessity.