Parallels with Richard Rhodes's Books





Editor's Note: The following parallels were compiled by Robert Norris.

Comparison of Brian VanDeMark's Pandora's Keepers (PK) (Little Brown, 2003) with Richard Rhodes's, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986) and Dark Sun (1995).

" . . . Vannevar Bush. A fit man of fifty-two who looked uncannily like a beardless Uncle Sam, Bush was a shrewd Yankee . . . " (PK, 60)"Vannevar Bush made a similar choice that spring. The sharp-eyed Yankee engineer, who looked like a beardless Uncle Sam, had left his MIT vice presidency . . . "
(Richard Rhodes, Making of the Atomic Bomb, 336)
"Oppenheimer wondered aloud if the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not luckier than the survivors, whose exposure to radiation would have painful and lasting effects." (PK, 194-195)"Lawrence found Oppenheimer weary, guilty and depressed, wondering if the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not luckier than the survivors, whose exposure to the bombs would have lifetime effects." (Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun, 203)
"For the next three months, both sides marshaled their forces. At Strauss's request, the FBI tapping of Oppenheimer's home and office phones continued. The FBI also followed the physicist whenever he left Princeton." (PK, 259)"For the next three months, both sides marshaled their forces. The FBI tapped Oppenheimer's home and office phones at Strauss's specific request and followed the physicist whenever he left Princeton." (Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun, 539)
"To toughen him up and round him out, Oppenheimer's parents had one of this teachers, Herbert Smith, take him out West during the summer before he entered Harvard College." (PK, 82)"To round off Robert's convalescence and toughen him up, his father arranged for a favorite English teacher at ethical Culture, a warm, supportive Harvard graduate named Herbert Smith, to take him out West for the summer." (Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 120-121.

 


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William R White - 6/8/2003

I find it incredible that Little Brown did not have the manuscript of VanDeMark's "work" reviewed before it was sent to press. This seems to be a slovenly way to do business.
As for VanDeMark himself, it's a shame we have no legal mechanism by which he could be flogged and ostracized. At very least this dishonest lout should be permanently enjoined from instruction at any level.
Finally, what presumption on VanDeMark's part that the reading public needs another book on this topic! Spare us. Richard Rhodes already covered the material in a masterful way.

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